MES 325 • JEWISH COMMUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The course covers Jewish history and culture in Muslim lands. Whether they are referred to as 'Sephardi', 'Eastern', 'Oriental', or 'Afro-Asian', those communities, some of which date back to biblical times, maintained their distinct customs and religious traditions through centuries of turbulence. The course will follow Jewish life in those countries, from prosperity and cultural revival in the Golden Age of Jewish-Muslim relations, to decline and then modernization in the 20th century. Finally, the story of community disintegration, mass exodus, and resettlement in other lands.
Midterm: 30% Final: 45% Oral report: 10% Class participation: 15%
A course packet. A reading list for the oral report.