Center Visiting Faculty to teach new courses in Fall 2017

Center Visiting Faculty to teach new courses in Fall 2017

Hassan Rouhani press conference (Photo: Meghdad Madadi/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY- 4.0. Dome of Rock, Temple Mount, Jerusalem (Photo: idobi/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY-SA 3.0

The two Visiting Faculty Members will help expand the opportunities available to UCLA students to learn more about Israel.

UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, July 24, 2017 - The Y&S Nazarian Center will host two Visiting Faculty Members this Fall who will teach new courses during the the quarter, helping to advance knowledge and understanding of the country on campus.

One of Israel's most respected experts on Iran, Professor Emeritus at Tel-Aviv University David Menashri, will return as an Israel Institute Visiting Professor in the coming quarter to teach a course examining the relationship between Iran and Israel in the wider context of Middle East regional and world politics, entitled "Iran and Israel in the Changing Middle East."

Full Course Description:

Examination of relationship between Iran and Israel in wider context of Middle East regional and world politics. Exploration of interests (strategic, political, and ideological) that shaped their approach to each other: friendship under Shah and harsh hostility after Islamic revolution. Examination of scope of relations in framework of both countries' policy considerations: relations with U.S. and Soviet Union, ties with Middle Eastern powers, Arab-Israeli conflict, and upheaval following Arab Spring. Issues include: ideology and politics of Islamic Revolution; strategic changes following Gulf War (1991) and post-9/11 war against terror; Arab Spring; 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers and its regional impact; America's apparent retreat from region and Russia's more active involvement (including military intervention in Syria); and election of President Trump and re-election of President Rouhani, with immediate impact on Israel and Iran, Sunni-Shi'i divide, and region at large.

For additional information on the course and to register for the class, visit the UCLA Registrar's Office website.

 

Daniel Stein Kokin will join Professor Menashri as a member of the Center's Visiting Faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Stein Kokin will teach one course in Fall and another two courses in the Winter Quarter. His Fall 2017 course - "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and Palestinian Territories" - will cover how certain sites have shaped and continue to form and influence the identity and politics of Israelis and Palestinians as well as Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Full Course Description

Symbolic places and spaces inform - indeed lie at the root of - all national and religious mythologies. What are some of the key sites that have shaped, and continue to influence, identity and politics for Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and Christians? Among the locales we shall consider: the Cave of the Patriarchs (Hebron), the Temple Mount/Western Wall (Jerusalem), Nabi Musa (the Tomb of Moses, in the Judean desert), the Church of the Nativity (Bethlehem), Tel Hai, and Masada. What is the origin of these sites? How has their status been promoted? And what disputes or critical voices have emerged as a result?

For additional information on the course and to register for the class, visit the UCLA Registrar's Office website.