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Sarah A. Stein
HSTEU 466
Seattle Campus

The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-Present

Examines the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry from the expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 to the present. Explores the creation of Sephardic communities in the Dutch and Ottoman Empires, Western Europe, the Americas, and Africa, and the history of the conversos and "hidden Jews." Offered: jointly with JSIS C 466.

Class description

Examines the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry from the Expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492 to the present day. Explores the creation of Sephardic communities in the Dutch and Ottoman Empires, Western Europe, the Americas, and Africa and the history of the conversos and "hidden Jews."

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students will benefit from previous courses in history, Jewish Studies, or other ethnic studies courses.

Class assignments and grading

Students will conduct weekly reading assignments, attend weekly sections, take a midterm and a final exam, and write a research paper of 10-15 pages. Twice a week, students will participate in a lecture-discussion and once a week will attend a discussion section. Grades will be derived from all of these assignments, including participation.

Midterm 25% Final Exam 25% Research Paper (including draft) 25% Participation 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 11/05/2000