Survey of Medieval Jewish History

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 30540B
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: On Campus

This course is a history of the Jewish people during the Middle Ages.  It will cover both the experiences of Jews in Islamic society and in Western Christian society.  What we particularly want to know is how Jews coped in these medieval societies, and how medieval Christians and Muslims coped with Jews.  Was the Jews' fall and expulsion from many states of Western Europe a product of medieval Christian society in its entirety, the unique nature of its secular and religious institutions, or the mythical images of Jews which that society's members fostered?   Primary sources such as chronicles, memoirs, papal edicts, poetry, personal letters, rabbinic response and iconography will be studied. (Classical/Modern)