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HIST-344 Topics in Jewish History Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Jewish History (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics in Jewish history exploring one theme, or period, or geographical region of the Jewish past, including the history of women in Jewish tradition, East European Jewry, the world of the shtetl, American Jewish women, and anti-Semitism. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Israel and American Jews
Israel and American Jews: A Complicated Relationship (3) This course examines the relationship between America's Jews and the modern State of Israel from the decades leading up to the State's founding to the present day. The course explores Israel's multifaceted relationship with American Jewry, from political rhetoric to philanthropy, from pop music to hummus, from folk dance, summer camps and tourism to war heroes and Wonder Woman. Students consider whether parallels can be drawn to relationships other Americans have with countries to which they have cultural ties. Meets with ISR-396 002 JWST-320 001.
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Jewish-Muslim Relations
Jewish-Muslim Relations (3) This course explores Jewish-Muslim relations from the birth of Islam to today. It examines cultural, social, political, and economic interactions between these two religious groups in a wide variety of locales, including the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Among other themes, the course considers mutual influences in art and theology; periods of conflicts; Jewish identity in an Islamic context; the impact of modernity on Jewish-Muslim relations; and contemporary attempts at dialogue. Meets with JWST-320 001.