Joel S Migdal
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Israel: Politics and Society Contemporary Israel is a complex mosaic of ethnic groups and religions. Two courses offered in 2001-2002 will focus on the multi-cultural nature of this society. SIS 490 - Israel: Politics and Society (Autumn Quarter) will focus on politics, while NE 425 - Multicultural Israel: Current Trends in Near Eastern Literature and Criticism (Winter Quarter) will explore cultural expression in literature and film. SIS 490 examines how the parts of the mosaic have interacted over time to create today's Israeli society. The course looks, too, at the politics of Israel, especially the interaction of the state with the mosaic society. Among the topics of the course are the religious divide, the Jewish ethnic divide, Palestinians in Israel, war and its effect on Israel, and the long road to peace.
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