JUDAIC 360 - A Global History of the Jews of Spain
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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1492 marked the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, which had been one of the most flourishing centers of the Jewish world. But the end of Jewish life in Spain did not mean the end of Spanish Jews; on the contrary, Sephardic Jews (as the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula are called) retain a distinct identity even today. This course traces the Jewish diaspora from Spain and Portugal with particular attention to how Sephardic Jews maintained ties of commerce, language, and identity across increasingly large distances. We begin with a brief overview of the history of Jews in Spain and Portugal. We then move on to examine the nature of Sephardic life in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy, Europe, and the Americas. Some questions we will explore include: how Sephardic Jews used their transnational ties to their coreligionists to advance their commercial interests; Sephardic Jewish identity as expressed through language, literature, and culture; and the unique ways in which Sephardic Jewry faced modernization. We will end the class by examining aspects of Sephardic Jews’ experience in Israel and America today, including how a number of Christians in the American Southwest are claiming a “crypto-Jewish” identity as the descendants of Marranos (Jews converted to Christianity).

Judaic 205 IS NOT needed in order to enroll in or have success in Judaic 360


JUDAIC 360 - A Global History of the Jews of Spain
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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