MIDEAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Middle East Studies
Fall 2022, Section 004 - Blackness and Jewishness: A History of Encounters
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one previous course in Middle East studies. Students should not elect the same topic twice.
May be elected twice for credit.
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What does it mean to be “black” in Jewish culture? In this course, we explore how Jewish societies have understood and engaged with Blackness and Black peoples over the ages. Delving into the parallel struggles of Blacks and Jews, we ask: How does the history of slavery intersect with the status of Jews in the Middle East? What connections can be drawn between the civil rights struggles in Israel and America? Throughout the course, we discuss the flexible and interrelated nature of the categories of Blackness and Jewishness across different historical, geographical, and temporal contexts. Themes explored include black and Jewish anti-colonial thought; Ethiopian and North African Jewish history; race and racism within the Middle East. By the end of the course, students will better understand how diasporic and racial identities are constructed and reconstructed over time and space.


MIDEAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Middle East Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets-with MIDEAST 595.001 and COMPLIT 434.001
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets-with MIDEAST 595.002 and AAS 358.011
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets-with JUDAIC 318.002
004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Judaic-homed course: JUDAIC 318
005 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Judaic-homed course: JUDAIC 318

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