Jews & Judaism: Race, Religion, Culture|
What is a Jew? Are Jews white? Must a Jew believe in God? What is at stake when defining someone as a Jew? Using sources ranging from the Hebrew Bible to contemporary films, this course examines various facets of Jewish life, paying special attention to contesting definitions of Jewishness as race, religion, and culture. Building on a chronological discussion of Jewish history, we will ask theoretical questions such as the relation between gender and biblical interpretation, the relevance of religious law in contemporary society, and the challenges of diasporic thinking to national sovereignty.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michael Brenner, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE JEWS (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010).
Michael L. Satlow, CREATING JUDAISM: HISTORY, TRADITION, PRACTICE (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006).
Leora Batnitzky, HOW JUDAISM BECAME A RELIGION: AN INTRODUCTION TO MODERN JEWISH THOUGHT (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
three response papers, final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the "Historical Tradition" requirement for the Religion major.
|Instructor(s): Guzi,Bar Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: ONLINE; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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