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Jonathan P Decter
SISJE 490
Seattle Campus

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Class description

The Jews of the Islamic World This course will explore the history and culture of the Jews living in the Islamic world from the rise of Islam to the modern period. Topics to be covered include the relationship between Judaism and Islam, the legal and actual status of Jews, the organization and structure of the Jewish community and developments in Jewish law, philosophy, religion and literature. Specific attention will be given to the ways in which the Jewish experience was shaped by the surrounding Islamic culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Although there are no prerequisites, background in Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies or Middle East History is very useful. While all texts will be read in English translation, students will find knowledge of Hebrew and/or Arabic (as well as European languages) useful for their individual research projects.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to read between 150 and 200 pages per week consisting of primary sources (in translation) and secondary works. Class time will be divided between lectures from the professor, discussions of the reading, and student presentations. Grades will be assigned according to regular class participation (20%), a 20-25 page independent research paper (60%) and an in-class presentation based on that research (20%).


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 Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 01/24/2001