May 16, 2002

Saliba, George
[ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

A general response to the reviewer above who was "insulted" by Prof. Saliba's joke about the movie - relax, buddy. the whole class erupted in laughter when he made that stupid joke. It really amazes me how some people can take something out of context and blow it out of proportion. As for Prof. Saliba - I think he leads a really interesting discussion. Yes, at times he might go off on tangents, but that's only bec/ he's so passionate about the material he's teaching that he gets carried away. Cut the guy some slack - he's one of the few professors at Columbia who is willing to go against the grain and really lay out what he believes in. Take this class and you're guaranteed exposure to a perspective that you probably otherwise wouldn't get. I really like Saliba. He's extremely accessible, and his lectures are always entertaining. You might not agree with all he says, but you have to admit, the guy's hilarious.

Workload:

The reading looks very heavy, but don't worry; you really don't have to do 1/2 of it to do well in the class. the TA's are really great at guiding you towards which readings are the ones to zero-in on. 2 papers (7-10pgs) and a final- easy peasy