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Fall 2017
Nov 22, 2017
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INAF 172 - Israel:1948 to the Present
Frequently, Israel is associated with conflict. Since its foundation in 1948, the Jewish State went through seven interstate wars and numerous lower intensity military confrontations. Most recently, Israel fought fifty days against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Israel's concerns from the Iranian nuclear program and the ramifications of the Arab revolts are important item in nowadays international politics. But limiting the study of Israel to strategic studies is simply too narrow.  
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to contemporary Israel. The course is designed to go beyond, while not overlooking, the often exclusive study of Israel through the prisms of security issues and the conflict with the Arab world. In this regard, this is the only course at Georgetown University to offer these analyses of Israel.
The major themes of the course will include:  modern Jewish political thought & Israeli history; demography; identity; society; minorities; politics; state and religion; the judicial system; foreign policy; economy; military; culture; and other salient contemporary issues.
In this seminar we will gradually unfold the experiences of one of the world's most pluralistic societies. To enhance your understanding of Israel, academic readings and lectures will be supplemented with grass-root level examples, films, literature, media, comparative analyses, and guest speakers.
We will begin the seminar by equipping ourselves with a basic historical framework for the study of the subject under scrutiny. The bulk of the semester, however, will be devoted to exploring key themes and tensions that repeatedly appear across the span of contemporary Israel. Our inquiry will require from us to be interdisciplinary, using tools and insights from political science, history, theology, law, sociology, philosophy, and fine arts.
Please note: This course does not require any previous background in Jewish, Israel or Middle East studies. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Affairs Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/RCST Middle East, Mean Grade is Calculated

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