Tuesdays, February 6 - April 17 (excl. 4/3)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Asaf Romirowsky
Anti-Jewish sentiment goes by many names, including anti-Judaism, Jew-hatred, Judeophobia, and, of course, Antisemitism – a term that was coined in 1879 to give scientific legitimacy to the “longest hatred.” This course will explore the ancient origins of Jew-hatred, examining its development and transformation in the course of the past two millennia, paying particular attention to the shifting theological, ideological, cultural, political and scientific trends that impacted the perception of Jews and Judaism in the modern period.
This course considers one of the oldest and most persistent forms of hatred. What is antisemitism? How is it part of the family of bigotries, prejudice and discrimination, and how is it unique? Is it more bigotry or ideology? How has it manifested itself in different eras, regions, political and economic systems and culture? How is it defined? What different types are there? Is anti-Zionism antisemitism? Why does it exist in some countries which do not even have Jews? How can it be combated? At the end of the course, students should be able to identify and differentiate different types of antisemitism, understand how antisemitism works (and changes) as an ideology, how historical and socio-economic factors do and do not impact it, and how it fits within (but is also different from other members of) the family of bigotries.