The AMED Studies curriculum is designed to provide students with a core base of knowledge around the history, issues and challenges relating to Arab and Muslim Diasporic communities while developing their critical thinking, pedagogical reasoning, and analytical processing abilities. Our theoretical and methodological approach diverges from that of Area Studies and Religious Studies models in that we focus on transnational linkages rather than relying on categories of analysis rooted in the assumption of distinct geographic, national, or religious-based entities. Intellectually this means always remaining cognizant of the messiness inherent in the boundaries that seek to define conceptual categories such as “the Middle East” or “Muslims” or “American.” In praxis, this means that AMED Studies courses seek to utilize methodologies that are relevant for excavating the complex and nuanced histories of migration, exile, class struggle, interethnic relations, religious diversity, sexual contestations, national and transnational politics and policies, etc. that influence, shape and continually re-define AMED communities. Curricular focus areas include: History, Identity, Politics; Pop Culture, Media, Literature, Art, Creativity, Social Movements; Activism; Gender; Sexuality, Race; Immigration and Citizenship; and Comparative Studies with other communities. We aim to offer curriculum which spans the experiences of diverse Arab and Muslim diasporic communities, and that will meet the interests of a wide range of students interested in this area.
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