May 24, 2002

Saliba, George
[ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization

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

"Colonialism is bad because you are separated from the smell of your grandma's soup." Yes, this is the fundamental theme of this class and you will probably hear this every 10 minutes. This class really lacks any structure whatsoever. Saliba just spurts out random Muslim names that aren't exactly easy to pronounce or understand! He's a great lecturer, I'll give that to him. He really will engage you and the latter half of the semester has a lot of interesting stuff like Islamic music, plays etc. It would have been a much better class if he just focused more on the texts instead of just starting his rampage against colonialism and the New York Times. He has the potential to be a great instructor if he can correct these flaws.

Workload:

2 papers, 7-10 pages and a Final.