Jews and Muslims: Perceptions and Polemics|
Fall 2015 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies|
The current state of Jewish-Islamic relations is tragically fraught with mutual suspicion and competing historical narratives that are manifest as much in the religious as in the political arena. In the midst of this fractious debate, it is sometimes forgotten that Jews have for centuries been a vital presence throughout the Islamic world and have contributed in rich and dynamic ways to Islamic civilization right up to contemporary times. This course explores the intricate relationship of Jews and Muslims from the rise and formative periods of Islam in the Middle Ages to the mass exodus of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities in the 20th century to the religiously and politically explosive tensions in contemporary times. The course will consider not only the complex dynamics of communal relations in the past, but the human, cultural, and political ramifications of this vital historical relationship in the present. We will explore Jewish-Muslim relations through religious texts, historical documents, memoir literature, music, and film.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
N. Stillman, THE JEWS OF ARAB LANDS: A HISTORY & SOURCE BOOK
R. S. Simon, et.al., THE JEWS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA IN MODERN TIMES
Abdelwahab Meddeb & Benjamin Stora, A HISTORY OF JEWISH-MUSLIM RELATIONS FROM THE ORIGINS TO THE PRESENT DAY
Tudor Parfitt, ISRAEL AND ISHMAEL: STUDIES IN MUSLIM-JEWISH RELATIONS
Benjamin Hary, et. al., ed., JUDAISM AND ISLAM: BOUNDARIES, COMMUNICATION, AND INTERACTION
Loolwa Khazzoom, ed., THE FLYING CAMEL: ESSAYS ON IDENTITY BY WOMEN OF NORTH AFRICAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN HERITAGE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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