Cairo, Egypt - Winter 2020 Course

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IAFF 6378: State and Society in Modern Egypt

This is a three-credit graduate course focusing on state institutions in Egypt and their engagement with Egyptian society.

  • Pre-departure meetings at the Elliott School, conference room 401 from 8-10 am:
    • November 12th 2019
    • November 19th 2019
    • November 26th 2019
  • Dates Abroad: January 1st - January 13th 2020
    Destination: Cairo, Egypt
  • Application Deadline: October 4th, 2019
  • Instructors: Dr. Nathan Brown (the George Washington University) & Dr. Nesrine Badawi (the American University of Cairo)

This course will focus on state institutions in Egypt and their engagement with Egyptian society. Looking at Egyptian religious and legal institutions specifically, the course examines the role played by those institutions in shaping and reiterating existing social structures. In addition, the course presents a general overview of the development of Islamic law from its classical formulations to the present structure. This course, designed for advanced undergraduates and M.A. students, will involve approximately three joint sessions held by video-conference. These sessions will involve short lectures by each instructor and class discussion. They will be designed to introduce students to the basic matter of the course including: an introduction to Islamic law; Islamic law today; Egyptian political history and the Egyptian legal system.

Applications for this course have closed.


For more information, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit our program website or email [email protected] or call 202-994-7232.