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with Ata Anzali3 months ago

Taking a class with Professor Anzali is a once in a lifetime experience... like actually. He is the reason I became a religion major, and is genuinely devoted to his work and getting students engaged in the field of religious studies, particularly the Islamic Traditions.

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
3hrs / week Average difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Ata Anzali8 months ago

Anzali is the best professor at Middlebury. I loved this class. He is so thoughtful and thought-provoking that you will be forced to look at this new material in several different ways another professor wouldn't have you do. He's amazing.

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
5hrs / week Average difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Ata Anzali2 years ago

This was a very engaging course for me. I took this course because I was interested in learning more about Islam after studying Arabic for a number of years. The readings are doable in about an hour about 70% of the time and never take more than 2 hours. The class itself is super enjoyable and the discussions are interesting. Definitely would recommend

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
4hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Ata Anzali2 years ago

This course is quite difficult if you're not used to a lot of readings, like I was. The thing is that there's not much homework other than readings so it's not the worst and it gets easier over time. Still, the readings are very dense and hard to understand on your own, especially if you're not familiar with Islam or religion. On the other hand, Professor Anzali is very engaging and passionate about the material so it helps to relieve some of the burdens. He also goes over readings in class so it helps, but pretty embarrassing when you have no idea what everyone's talking about. I did enjoy this course, though; It just takes a lot of brain power to wrap your head around some concepts.

This course is quite difficult if you're not used to a lot of readings, like I was. The thing is that there's not much homework other than readings so it's not the worst and it gets easier over time. Still, the readings are very dense and hard to understand on your own, especially if you're not familiar with Islam or religion. On the …Read more

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingTough Grading
7hrs / week Very difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Ata Anzalilast year

I had a great experience learning about Islamic Traditions with Professor Anzali. He is very enthusiastic about the course content and ensures that he delivers it well. There were only 4 quizzes in the first 4 weeks of the semester based on the readings. The discussions sessions on Fridays were also fun and never felt like a hassle.

Constant ReadingFair Grading
4hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Ata Anzali2 years ago

Anzali is a great professor and the course material is not difficult at all. this is one of the most enjoyable classes i have taken so far. material is not hard to understand even though i have never taken a religion class.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
3hrs / week Very low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Ata Anzali2 years ago

I really like professor Anzali because he is so passionate and excited about his teaching. I will say the readings were pretty dense and sometimes a lot to follow/remember. Lectures could be a little boring but he will throw in some fun jokes to keep you present.

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingFair Grading
5hrs / week Some difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Ata Anzalilast year

Ata Anzali is a great professor. I had never taken a religion course, so this was a great intro class for religion. His lectures were engaging and the workload was not too much. He does grade the essays pretty strictly, but he let's you revise them. If you don't say exactly what he wants you to write, then you will likely have to revise your essay. Otherwise, class was good. There are four quizzes on the readings at the beginning of the semester. But after that, you basically just need to read in order to do well on the essays. Great intro religion class!

Ata Anzali is a great professor. I had never taken a religion course, so this was a great intro class for religion. His lectures were engaging and the workload was not too much. He does grade the essays pretty strictly, but he let's you revise them. If you don't say exactly what he wants you to write, then you will likely have to rev …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
4hrs / week Average difficulty Average value Would take again
with Ata Anzali2 years ago

Anzali is a very cool and funny guy. There are a lot of readings but he explains and talks about the readings in class. There are 4 quizzes in the beginning of the semester but the questions are easy if you skim the readings.

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingFair Grading
3hrs / week Average difficulty Average value Would take again