This course will take a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the histories of Jews and Arabs from Late Antiquity to the present, focusing on cultural exchange and parallel responses to historical challenges. Topics include the reshaping of the Mediterranean and Near East under medieval Islamic rule; Arab and Jewish culture in medieval Spain and the Levant; nineteenth- and twentieth-century responses to modernity; history, memory, and the perception of the other in contemporary Arab and Jewish culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and discussions based on analysis of primary sources (in translation) and secondary readings; occasional use of visual material such as slides. >
No prerequisites, but some familiarity with Jewish, Arab, Islamic, or Middle Eastern history a plus.
Class assignments and grading
(1) Weekly reading assignments and class participation (2) Brief (1-2 pp.) reaction papers to specific readings (3) Longer (10-15 pp.) essay (4) Mid-term and final quiz
Basis on which Grades are Assigned: 25% for each of above.