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Fall 2017
Nov 22, 2017
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INAF 199 - Intro to Jewish Civ
: Introduction to Jewish Civilization: Jewish Thought on Politics, Thought, and International Affairs. This course, a discussion seminar based on weekly readings, will explore the ways in which historical changes reshape the relationship of Jewish politics to global affairs, from antiquity to the present. It will follow four themes: 1) The Jews’ internal attitudes, rooted in biblical and rabbinic culture, of political self-understanding and behavior, especially their relationship to power and authority, 2) The changing political status of Jews in Europe from 1589, especially the acquisition of increased privileges under the ancient regime and equal rights or emancipation in civil society, 3) The internal politics of the Jewish community, 4) Jews’ participation in politics and diplomacy in the international arena, and especially their relationship to the ideologies or movements that promoted their emancipation, namely, liberalism and socialism, or critiqued it, namely, Zionism and Anti-Semitism. Throughout this course, we will bridge the study of the Jewish past with an eye towards issues of contemporary interest.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Affairs Department

Course Attributes:
MSB/IB Area Course

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