Middle Eastern Literatures

Core Major Course Requirements

MENAS Ph.D. students are required to take:

  • MENA 595D: Middle East- Approaches, Themes and Controversies
  • One Course in Middle Eastern History
  • One Course in Islamic Studies
  • One Course in Gender and Society in the Middle East
  • Total Core Units (not including languages)= 12 credits

The Middle Eastern Literatures track is designed for the study of one or more Middle Eastern national literature in an historical and analytical manner. This track provides students with the highest level of training in textual and cultural analysis together with a strong background in Middle Eastern literary traditions. The track accommodates the study of classical and modern Arabic, Hebrew and Persian literatures as well as modern Turkish literature. Students in this track choose a primary literature of study, a secondary literature within Middle Eastern Studies, and a minor field which may be either a literary tradition outside of Middle Eastern Studies, or another academic discipline connected with the student’s area of research. Students are required to develop a strong competence in methods of literary study by taking relevant courses within Middle Eastern Studies or in other departments. Students are also encouraged to go beyond the national literature framework as much as possible by taking courses in multiple literary traditions, in non-literary modes of cultural representation, and in academic disciplines outside of literary studies.


Contact Dr. Kamran Talattof (talattof@email.arizona.edu) or Dr. Yaseen Noorani (ynoorani@email.arizona.edu) for more information.


Students interested in Hebrew literature contact the Center for Judaic Studies (jus@u.arizona.edu)