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 P261
Democratization In the Middle East: Theory and Practice
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 2014-2015.
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)