Courses: Topics Hist of the Middle East-Jews in the Islamic World (HISTB373001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 2496
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current Topic Description: The aim of this course is to provide an
overview of the history of Jews in the Islamic World in the period
from the late 18th century until the present. Emphasis will be placed
on historical transformations. We will begin with a discussion about
historical objectivity and an examination of a debate between two
preeminent scholars of Middle Eastern Jewry, Mark Cohen and Norman
Stillman, published in Tikkun magazine in 1991 over the polemic nature
of the existing literature on Middle Eastern Jewry. We will then
discuss the following themes: the neo-lachrymose narrative of
Muslim-Jewish relations, the concept of dhimma and its application,
imperialism and “minority” communities in the Middle East, Jewish
emigration out of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey, Middle Eastern
Jewish integration in Israel, the emergence of Mizrahi identity and
politics in Israel, and Arab-Jews and the postcolonial debate.

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 2496


History (Web site)

Taught By



Bryn Mawr, TH118

Meeting Times

T 1:00pm-4:00pm