May 13, 2004

Saliba, George
[ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization

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

Saliba is a good, not great, teacher. On the first day, he got a little crazy and went on a couple anti-Israel rants, but after we got into the readings, he seemed to settle down. The course is entitled, Contemporary Islamic Civilization, but the readings only stretch from Jordan to Iran. You read some interesting essays and treatises, but a lot of them are based on fuzzy logic and nebulous history. My TA (Hossein) was great in leading discussion and pointing out where and how these works failed and succeeded in making sense.

Another thing about this course is that the role Saliba has in this class is to come in twice a week and lecture, whereas all of the learning occurs in the section. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Saliba's lectures are usually interesting, it just means you have to choose a good TA.

Workload:

2 papers. Weekly discussion questions. FInal.