Duke University Center for Jewish Studies

The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Spring 2016

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
JEWISHST 102
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 001 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Franklin Center 016

Course Description

Continuation of Hebrew 101. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 102
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01D WF 03:05 PM-03:55 PM Trent 142

Course Description

Continuation of Hebrew 101. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 102
Elementary Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 02D MW 11:45 AM-12:35 PM Franklin Center 016

Course Description

Continuation of Hebrew 101. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 204
Intermed Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Perkins 060

Course Description

Continuation of Hebrew 203. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Plesser
JEWISHST 251
Jewish History, 1492-present Hacohen, Malachi 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 101

Course Description

Major developments in Jewish history from the early modern period to today. The Kehillah, the Spanish-Jewish Diaspora, the rise of Polish Jewry, the Safed Kabbalah, Sabbatianism, the emergence of the Chassidut, the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment), Emancipation and the nation state, Reform Judaism, economic modernization, racial antisemitism, Zionism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, flourishing Jewish pluralism in the United States, the future: nation and Diaspora? Instructor: Hacohen
JEWISHST 256
Jews And Muslims Zinger, Oded 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Social Sciences 109

Course Description

This course will explore the relationship between Judaism and Islam from Muhammad's initial encounter with the Jews of Medina until the 13th century, a period in which the majority of Jews in the world lived under Islamic rule. Striking a balance between the examination of the relationship between these two rich religious traditions and the investigation into the historical experiences of Jews, this course will examine the shared cultural heritage of the two religions, the legal position of Jews in Islam and medieval works of polemics. Through the documents of the Cairo Geniza, we will explore the everyday realities of Jews thoroughly embedded in the surrounding Islamic and Arab culture. Instructor: Staff
JEWISHST 306S
Advanced Modern Hebrew Plesser, Shelli 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Franklin Center 016

Course Description

Continuation of Hebrew 305S. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff
JEWISHST 342
The Holocaust Duffy, Eve 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Gray 220

Course Description

Antisemitism and the Jewish question in Central Europe, the development of Nazi policy, the Final Solution in its different sites (ghetto, labor camps, extermination camps) and institutions (SS, Judenrat), the Holocaust's legacy. Historiographical debates and documentary research. Class might take field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Instructor: Hacohen
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