Arab World Photography introduces students to the practice of photography in the Arab world.  We will begin by studying photography of the Arab world by others: European travelers and missionaries, colonialists, ethnographers, journalists, etc.  We will examine and discuss selected images, paying particular attention to the relationship that is created and/or represented within them. This viewing will be supplemented with background readings on the history and sociopolitical or cultural contexts in which the images are made.  We will then study photography that has emerged from the Arab world.  What types of images do people in the region make for themselves and to what purpose?  In what ways are these images similar to or different from the photographs created about them by travelers and colonial administrators, foreign journalists, and others?  Students in the class will read extensively about photography and the Arab world, view and discuss images, complete short photo assignments, and write papers related to course material and their own research.

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