Judaism and the Politics of Identity|
Spring 2019 not offered
The extraordinary diversity of Jews and Jewish expression in the modern period defies simple categorization. Secularism and history are as much a part of the politics of Jewish identity as are religion and race. How has Jewish identity been defined historically, and who decides who is a Jew today? How is Jewish identity defined and debated among the Jews of the Middle East, India, China, and sub-Saharan Africa? How is Jewish identity negotiated in the State of Israel? How have secular ideologies impacted the construction of Jewish identity in recent times? This course will examine the diversity of Jewish cultures and the paradigms and politics of Jewish identity on a global scale.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
David Biale, CULTURES OF THE JEWS
Tudor Parfitt, BLACK JEWS IN AFRICA AND THE AMERICA'S
Don Seeman, ONE PEOPLE, ONE BLOOD: ETHIOPIAN ISRAELIS AND THE RETURN TO JUDAISM
Daniel Schwartz, THE FIRST MODERN JEW: SPINOZA AND THE HISTORY OF AN IMAGE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" requirement for the Religion Department major.