Jewish History: From Biblical Israel to Diaspora Jews|
RELI 261, MDST 247|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies|
The survey course on the history of Jews will cover the long period from biblical times to 16th century, a period during which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam formed, shaping the foundation of mutual attitudes among these groups for centuries to come. The course will examine transformations of identity from biblical Israelites to Jews living among Christians and Muslims. We will discuss stereotypes and presuppositions of Jewish life and history, including what the historian Salo W. Baron dubbed the "lachrymose concept of Jewish history"--Jewish history as history of suffering. The course will illuminate the experience of Jews whose lives, and deaths, demonstrate that they were active actors rather than just passive victims of historical events. We will discuss the mutual influences of Jews and non-Jews on their cultures and experiences. The readings will consist mostly of primary historical sources on Jewish culture, politics, economic activities, social and legal status, and the Jews' relations with non-Jews: Christians and Muslims.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Hist Conc)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Harper Collins Study Bible
The Koran Interpreted
Robert Chazan, Church, State, and the Jew
Mark Cohen, Under Crescent and Cross
Shlomo Eidelberg, Jews and the Crusaders: The Hebrew Chronicles of the First and Second Crusades
Jacob Marcus, Jew in the Medieval World
David Biale (ed), The Cultures of the Jews, vol. 1.
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm and final take home exams; two 5-6 page paper; four 2-page response papers to the secondary readings
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
It is a lecture course, but student participation is expected. Class participation, including discussions, and postings on discussion board are required.
This course is a gateway course for the Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies.
It also counts toward the Medieval Studies major; History Major; and the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate.
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Region Department major.
|Instructor(s): Teter,Magda Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 20||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 7||FR: 10|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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