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A note from the director:
--familiarize yourself with the artistic and literary legacy of Islamic civilization and discern the influence of this legacy on literature and the arts in 21st-century Muslim societies.
--study the history of Islam’s encounters with other civilizations and faith traditions—Jewish and Christian (in the Middle East and Europe), Zoroastrian (in Iran), Hindu (in India), animist-Buddhist-Hindu (in Indonesia), etc.
--develop a context for understanding current events and political trends in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Muslim world.
--begin the study of Arabic, the lingua franca of much of the Middle East and a language that is honored throughout the Islamic world as the medium of Qur’anic scripture.
With the guidance of an AIMES faculty member, you have the option of creating a directed study project relating to local Islamic and Middle Eastern communities here in the San Francisco Bay area. You may also choose to pursue Arabic language study in locations overseas.
I invite you to consider our AIMES minor. Please contact me if you wish further information.