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Mehr A. Farooqi

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Office location and address
135 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
HIND 1010: Elementary Hindi-Urdu
Credits: 4
Introductory training in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing Hindi and Urdu.
HIND 1020: Elementary Hindi-Urdu
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: HIND 1010.
MESA 1559: New Course in Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of Middle Eastern and South Asian studies.
HIND 2010: Intermediate Hindi
Credits: 4
Introduction to various types of written and spoken Hindi; vocabulary building, idioms and problems of syntax; and conversation in Hindi. Prerequisite: HIND 1020 or equivalent.
URDU 2020: Intermediate Urdu
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: for URDU 2020: URDU 2010 or equivalent.
HIND 2020: Intermediate Hindi
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: HIND 2010 or equivalent.
SATR 2110: Cultural Translation: Travel Writing in South Asia
Credits: 3
Travel writing is among the oldest forms of literature, especially in Asia. This course explores depictions of the Indian sub-continent by travel writers from Buddhist pilgrims to Arab geographers to colonial and post-colonial writers.
SATR 3000: Women Writing in India & Pakistan: 1947-Present
Credits: 3
We will read and critique the fiction and poetry of culturally specific regions while reflecting on the assumption that experiences and identities are fundamentally gendered. We will explore issues associated with women writing in regional languages to writing in mainstream languages like Hindi, Urdu and English. We will also examine how the publication and dissemination of women's texts are related to the women movements in India and Pakistan. Prerequisite: Completion of First Writing Requirement
HIND 3010: Advanced Hindi Readings I
Credits: 3
Readings are drawn from areas of particular interest to the students involved, and include readings from various disciplines. Prerequisite: HIND 2020 or equivalent or instructor permission.
HIND 3020: Advanced Hindi II
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: HIND 2020 or equivalent or instructor permission.
URDU 3300: Readings in Urdu Poetry: An Ongoing Mahfil
Credits: 3
This course will introduce advanced Urdu and Hindi students to some of the finest poetry in Urdu. Those who cannot read the Urdu script will have the option of reading the texts in Devanagari (the Hindi script). Some of the poets we will read are Mir, Ghalib, Dagh and Faiz. Course work will include brief analytical papers, as well as in-class presentations. Prerequisites: URDU 3010 or 3020; or HIND 3010 or 3020; or instructor permission.
SATR 3300: Literature & Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e)
Credits: 3
Dalit literature is perhaps the most remarkable literary movement to emerge in post-independence India. It is the voice of the most marginalized section of India's population, those formerly known as untouchables. Until the advent of Dalit literature, the lives of Dalits had seldom been recorded in Indian literature. We will read fictional and non-fictional narratives of Dalit writers, and watch films to visualize and comprehend their lives. Prerequisite: SATR 7300 (graduate section)
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3512: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
SAST 3559: New Course in South Asian Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of South Asian studies.
SAST 3650: India in Global History
Credits: 3
Students will be exposed to alternative historiographical perspectives, using the longue duree view of the Indian Ocean world, embracing 2,000 years of cultural and economic interactions between the Middle East, East African Swahili coast, Europe and the coastal region of the present-day Indian state of Kerala. This learning experience will de-center the student's Euro-centric presuppositions of primacy.
GSGS 4559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
SAST 4991: South Asian Studies Capstone Seminar
Credits: 3
This is the fourth-year capstone seminar for students majoring in South Asian Studies. This course will draw on the multidisciplinary interests of the students who participate to create a collaborative and collegial environment in which to investigate some of the foundational concepts and categories involved in the construction of "South Asia" as unified area of academic discourse.
URDU 4993: Independent Study in Urdu
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study in Urdu
MESA 4999: Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Senior Thesis II
Credits: 6
Thesis composition under the direction of a MESALC faculty member serving as thesis advisor and a second faculty member serving as second reader. The second faculty member may be from outside MESALC. Prerequisite: DMP major and instructor permission.
URDU 7300: Readings in Urdu Poetry: An Ongoing Mahfil
Credits: 3
This course will introduce advanced Urdu and Hindi students to some of the finest poetry in Urdu. Those who cannot read the Urdu script will have the option of reading the texts in Devanagari (the Hindi script). Some of the poets we will read are Mir, Ghalib, Dagh and Faiz. Course work will include brief analytical papers, as well as in-class presentations. Prerequisites: URDU 3010 or 3020; or HIND 3010 or 3020; or instructor permission.
SATR 7300: Literature & Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e)
Credits: 3
Dalit literature is perhaps the most remarkable literary movement to emerge in post-independence India. It is the voice of the most marginalized section of India's population, those formerly known as untouchables. Until the advent of Dalit literature, the lives of Dalits had seldom been recorded in Indian literature. We will read fictional and non-fictional narratives of Dalit writers, and watch films to visualize and comprehend their lives.
URDU 8993: Independent Study in Urdu
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Urdu language and/or literature. Prerequisite: URDU 5010 or 5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.