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Contemporary Islam - Egypt

The Contemporary Islam semester includes an extraordinary three-week academic field excursion to two predominantly Muslim countries, Egypt and Jordan. While in Egypt you stay in Cairo, one of the world's most fascinating cities.

Through seminars with government officials and scholars at the American University of Cairo, you examine the impact of Islam on the culture and policy making of the Middle East's most populous country. Particular emphasis focuses on Egypt's diverse forms of Islam.

Your class also gives you the opportunity to explore the Great Pyramid of Giza and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the Great Sphinx. Later, you can bargain in the Khan-el Khalili bazaar, considered one of the most interesting and important shopping areas in Egypt.

In Jordan, several of your classes are in Amman, the capital, a modern city with an old world touch. You study the Palestinian issue as part of your academic program in Jordan along with the divide between modernization and traditional religion and culture.

The ancient city Petra, considered one of the eight wonders of the world, is also on your itinerary in Jordan. Carved from sheer rock, it served as an important junction for trade routes linking the Middle East with other areas of the world 2,000 years ago.