College of Arts and Sciences | Power, Politics, & Piety: The Struggle for the Holy Land
E103 | 17176 | Magid

COLL-E103 17176 Power, Politics, & Piety: The Struggle for the Holy
Land (Shaul Magid) (A & H) (3 cr.)
1:25PM - 2:15PM MW
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times

This course will examine the political situation in Israel/Palestine
from historical, theological, and cultural perspectives with special
emphasis given to questions of nationalism and territorialism.  We
will read primary and secondary literature dealing with modern
nationalism and territory, the concept of "land" in Judaism and
Islam (using primary sources in translation), the history of Zionism
and Palestinian Nationalism, and the rise of the anti-nationalist
Islamist movement including its roots in British colonialism.  We
will explore the rise of nationalism in the Middle East more
generally including its secular, Marxist, and Islamist roots; and
will read some classical and contemporary Zionist debates on bi-
nationalism, militarism, territorial compromise, and the more
contemporary discussion in Israel and Palestine in the media and in
the academy.  This is not a political science course--meaning we
will not debate policy, legislation, and predictions for the
future.  Rather, we will examine the underlying theological and
cultural roots of the political crisis founded on the relationship
between territory and national identity.  At the end of the semester
we will turn to some political commentary on issues of territory and
resolution including the Israeli Declaration of Independence, Camp
David II, the Hamas Charter, the Geneva Accords, and the Saudi
Arabia Peace Plan.