course
Andalusian Symbiosis

Dec 2008

Professor al-Musawi has taught a class like this before, and this comes across in his far-reaching knowledge of the material. He is slightly disorganized and he tends to get on tangents during lectures, but they are usually really interesting and end up being relevant in some way or another. Professor Grieve's matter-of-factness helped the class to move along and I get the feeling that with only Professor al-Musawi we might have stayed on Week One forever. He shone most when talking about literature, which is his area of expertise, and he didn't actually grade the material so I don't know how he is for grading. However, he is really nice and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed taking a class with him

Dec 2008

Professor Grieve is really amazing. She is obviously extremely knowledgeable and she is really passionate about learning as much as she can now. She was an excellent counter to Professor al-Musawi's somewhat scattered lectures and she was always willing to meet with students outside of class. She's a very fair grader, and has this knack for making each student feel extremely comfortable in class and with the material. She's one of the professors I've been waiting for -- the kind that are so smart that they are intimidating but so nice that they are encouraging. She really gives me faith in Columbia, and this class was SO interesting. The readings were all relevant and she made sure we used the books we bought so we didn't spend unnecessary money. I loved this class and would encourage everyone to take it -- it's relevant, fascinating and something that everyone should know more about although many do not.