Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

The Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the list below.

As a reminder, please note:

  • A course may be counted for credit in only one Field of Study.
  • In those cases where a course is listed in more than one Field of Study, the student may choose the Field of Study in which it is to be credited.
  • Courses, however, may be used to meet both Divisional Breadth requirements and Field of Study requirements simultaneously. 

Faculty Supervising this Field of Study: Professor Andrew Hess and Professor Leila Fawaz


DHP D204 U.S. Public Diplomacy
++DHP D260 Southwest Asia History, Culture, and Politics
++DHP D263 The Arabs and their Neighbors
DHP D265  The Globalization of Politics and Culture for Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan
DHP D267
The Globalization of Central Asia and the Caucasus
DHP H261 War and Society in the Middle East in Historical Perspective
DHP P201 Comparative Politics
DHP P260 Islam and the West
[DHP P262] Contemporary South Asia
DHP P263 Islam and Politics: Religion and Power in World Affairs

* This course is required for constitution of the field.
++ Any one of these courses may be used as the required course in the field.
+ Any one of these courses may be used as the second required course in the field.
[ ] Bracketed courses are those not offered 2013-2014.
Unless otherwise indicated, students need three course credits to complete a field of study. Modular courses count as one-half credit and if listed in a field, two must be taken to complete one course.

Professors with expertise in the field

Research Centers

Student Theses

Mothers and Martyrs: Hamas' Use of Female Suicide Bombers and the Reinterpretation of Women's Roles in Jihad (MALD 2010)

Unraveling the Paradox: The Resilience of Women's Rights Activism in Iran within the Context of a Changing Political Environment (MALD 2009)

Maintaining Socially-Inclusive Economic Growth By Enabling Opportunity: Achieving Sustainable Development in Vietnam (MALD 2008)