JUDAIC 340 - Jewish Life in Colonial North Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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From the Roman conquest of Ifriqia (Africa) to the present day, North Africa has been a major center of Jewish religious, cultural, and intellectual life. As a Diasporic community connecting African, Arab, European, and Berber culture, North African Jewry have, at times, complicated how we perceive the colonized subject. Spread across the Maghreb and Sahara, Jewish history helps to deconstruct notions of divisions between the Orient and Occident and Black (i.e. sub-Saharan) and White (i.e. North) Africa.

This course provides a broad history of Jewish political, cultural, and religious life in North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia). While the material addresses a wide time frame, from the 1st century Roman conquest of Ifriqia (Africa) to 20th century French colonial rule, the main focus of the course will be on French colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course delves into the Jewish relationship to colonialism and anti-colonial struggles in Africa and the Mediterranean. Students explore how responses to various colonial practices reshaped Muslim-Jewish interactions; forced a reimagining of Jewish ethnic identity; and redefined relations between European and North African Jews.

How did the Jewish community relate to the anti-colonialist struggle in the Maghreb? How did colonized North African Jews relate to Jews living in the metropole? What role did North African Jews play in the global struggle against racism?

JUDAIC 340 - Jewish Life in Colonial North Africa
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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