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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2005

MES 325 • Jewish Communities of the Middle East and North Africa

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40990 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
WMB 4.118
ZILKHA

Course Description

The course covers Jewish history and culture in non-Western countries. 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 Medieval Spain, to the mass exodus and relocation of the 20th century, mostly to Israel.

Grading Policy

Midterm: 30% Final: 45% Oral report: 10% Class participation: 15%

Texts

A course packet.

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