Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Current Graduate Students

Bruce Boville


M.A. Islamic Studies; University of Texas at Austin B.A. Middle Eastern Studies; University of Texas at Austin,

Bruce Boville

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Interests


Islam, Theology, Islam & Politics, Political Theology

Biography


Bruce is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at UT Austin studying religion and kingship as twin pillars of 21st century Saudi governance.  He is interested in the intersections of religion and politics in the nation-state, including kingship, the codification of religious thought as state policy, and contestations of authority.  

Courses


R S S319 • Introduction To Islam

83325 • Summer 2019
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GDC 6.202
GC

The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions.

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40875 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 2.122

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41035 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ B0.302

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

R S S319 • Introduction To Islam

84350 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM GAR 3.116
GC

The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions.

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

ARA 611C • Intensive Arabic II

40830 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 2.122

This course builds communicative skills in formal and colloquial Arabic as well as Arab culture through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities in and outside of class. The course focuses on Intermediate level tasks and topics, which involve daily life, as well as developing efficient reading strategies and listening skills. At the end of the semester students should expect to have reached Intermediate proficiency, to be able to communicate with others about daily life topics and understand simple texts on familiar topics, and to have an active vocabulary of approximately 600 words. In addition to daily reading, listening, and writing homework, the course requires participation in group work in class, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of homework daily. Requirements also include active participation in group work during class, and occasional presentations, quizzes, and tests. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Grading:

To be provided by instructor.

Texts:

Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya I, Dictionary of Modern Arabic, Wehr/Cowan

Course Meeting Times:

This course meets M-F. Please check the online course schedule for the TTH meeting times.

ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41150 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CAL 422

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

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