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Course Description

Power, Politics, and Piety: Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine (3 cr.)
Shaul Magid
COLL-C 103 Critical Approaches to Arts & Humanities #28043
MW 12:20-1:10 plus discussion: R 4:40-5:30 #28064; F 9:05-9:55 #28065; F 10:10-11 #28066; F 11:15-12:05 #28337

This course will examine the political situation in Israel/Palestine from a theological and cultural perspective with special emphasis on the questions of nationalism and territorialism and the relationship between them. We will read primary and secondary sources dealing with modern nationalism and territory, the concept of “land” in Judaism and Islam, the history of Zionism, the rise of the Islamist movement, including its roots in British colonialism, the emergence of Palestinian nationalism including its secular, Marxist, and Islamist roots, classical Zionist debates on binationalism, militarism, and 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 or legislation. Rather, we will examine the underlying theological and cultural roots of the present crisis founded on the relationship between territory and national identity. Our assumption will be that the Israel/Palestine crisis is more than a political crisis in the strict sense of the term. It is a crisis that has deep roots in religion, culture, identity, and colonialism. Primary source material will be dispersed among secondary readings. At the end of the semester, we will turn to some political commentary on issues of territory and resolution, including, the Israel Declaration of Independence, Camp David II, the Hamas Charter, the Geneva Accords, and the Saudi Arabia Peace Plan. We will organize a number of films to be shown in the evenings: dates and time to be announced.

Beginning Summer 2011 & after: GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, CASE CAPP
Before Summer 2011: College Topics course, A&H, JS History & Society, or Religion & Thought