About The Field
Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization provides students with conceptual skills that will assist them in interpreting the revolutionary course of events taking place in what was the core region of Islamic Civilization. At the regional level the geographical focus of the field includes Southwest Asia (roughly South Asia to Egypt), the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. At the global level of analysis its courses are particularly concerned with how the history, culture, politics, and economics of the states and societies of this portion of Eurasia condition the human response to an accelerating impact of global change. Lectures, reading assignments, and other course requirements are specifically designed to fit the curriculum of The Fletcher School and will develop students’ interest in Southwest and Central Asia into a firm understanding of the complexity of the region.
Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.
The Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization Field of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the list of electives below.
- Elective Courses
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Adjunct Senior Fellow,
Council on Foreign Relations; Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government;
Strategic Advisor, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
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Outside the Classroom
Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty
"In the Program in Southwest Asia, Islamic Civilizations, and Central Asian Studies, we have a great interest in understanding how the application of modern technologies is changing our not-so-small regional arena to being part of an evermore complex world order."
— Andrew Hess, Professor of Diplomacy, Director of the Southwest-Central Asia and Islamic Civilization Program
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