JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
Fall 2022, Section 004 - The Jews of Medieval Spain
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.


Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


This seminar explores the history of the Jews in Spain between the 5th and 15th centuries. For more than a thousand years before their expulsion from Spain in 1492, Jews lived on the Iberian Peninsula as a protected minority under Muslim and Christian rule. At times, the Jewish communities in Iberia prospered and flourished and were renowned throughout Europe and the Mediterranean region for their cultural achievements. On other occasions, they suffered devastating attacks and persecution. What were the social and cultural characteristics of the Jewish minority in Spain? How did Jewish men and women negotiate their place and identities in relation to society at large and within their own communities? What factors influenced Muslim and Christian attitudes toward the Jews living in their midst, and how did such attitudes change over time? Drawing on a series of historical records and case studies, the seminar will discuss these and other similar questions from a critical perspective. We will learn about rabbis, courtiers, and poets, but we will also examine the lives and experiences of ordinary Jewish women and men. The course will cover topics such as family life, tensions within Jewish communities, cultural and scientific production, inter-faith debates, the problem of conversion, and the role of violence in shaping relations among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This course may be particularly appealing to students interested in Jewish history, medieval history, Spanish history, and the history of minorities and interreligious conflict. No prior knowledge is necessary.


JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
003 (SEM)
 In Person
3Enrollment Management
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
004 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
005 (SEM)
 In Person
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for JUDAIC 150.004

View/Buy Textbooks


Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for JUDAIC 150 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)