Special Topics in the History of the Middle East: Jews and Muslims

History 100M

Fall 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
166 Barrows
Day & Time: 
Tue/Thu 12:30–2pm
Class Number: 
32154
Units: 
4

This course studies Muslim-Jewish relations as they developed in the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of Islam to the present day. It analyzes how ethnic and religious boundaries were both drawn and transgressed in historical settings including Arabia in the time of Muhammad, 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 not only in the MENA but in Europe and the US as well. Films, memoirs, scripture, and historical works form the basis of our inquiry.