History | The Jews of Spain
B300 | 28334 | Lehmann
Above class for Jewish Studies students only. Obtain online
authorization from Jewish Studies advisor
This course will give a survey of the history and culture of the
Jews in Spain until the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and
of the Sephardic diaspora that emerged in the wake of the expulsion.
The course will examine the unique experience of the Sephardic Jews
under Islamic and Christian rules, the culture and literature of the
Jews in medieval Spain, the Marranos and their role in Jewish
history, the rise of the Sephardic centers in the Ottoman Empire, in
North Africa, and in Northwestern Europe, the Sephardic encounter
with modernity, the fate of the Sephardic Jews in the Holocaust, and
the integration of Sephardic immigrants in the State of Israel.
Assignments in this second eight weeks course will include short
writing assignments, a final paper, and a final exam.
The textbook we will use is Jane Gerber, The Jews of Spain; other
readings will be made available on Oncourse.