NEW Minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies

Approval of AMED minor at Academic Senate, April 14, 2015

View the article about this new minor in SF State's Xpress Magazine!

Earn your minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED). Described in the Academic Senate as a “bold” degree, the AMED Minor will focus on Arab and Muslim ethnicities in the diaspora and their ancestral homelands, including non-Arab ethnicities in Arab majority communities and non-Muslim religious minorities in Muslim majority communities. Arab and Muslim diasporic communities have long been the target of cultural and political misunderstanding, discrimination, and misrepresentation. The current political U.S. and global context (“war on terror”, Islamophobia, threats against Iran, continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands, etc.) has pushed them to the forefront of media and governmental attention. This negative portrayal has also generated a strong need for nuanced knowledge and understanding about Arab and Muslim communities, on the SFSU campus and the public at large, with the proviso that while Arabs and Muslims are distinct communities with diverse identities and historical narratives. Declare your “bold” minor today. See the SFSU Bulletin for details.

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