Jews and Muslims

History 100M

Spring 2016
102 Wurster
Day & Time: 
MW 400-530

Jewish-Muslim relations as they developed in the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of Islam to the present day. This course analyzes how ethnic and religious boundaries were drawn and transgressed in historical settings including Muhammad's Arabia, Islamic Spain, the Ottoman Empire, and modern Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, and Israel. It asks how this shared cultural heritage is remembered and mobilized in the contemporary world, shedding light on the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations in MENA, Europe and the US. Films, memoirs, scripture, and historical works will form the basis of our inquiry.

Course Books

Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa by Emily Gottreich and Daniel Schroeter Indiana University Press. ISBN: 978-0-253-22225-1 Required
The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar Pantheon. ISBN: 0375714642 Required
Journey from the Land of No by Roya Hakakian Broadway Books. ISBN: 0609810308 Required
Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew by Sasson Somekh Ibis Editions. ISBN: 9659012586 Required