RELS122 - JEWS IN THE MODERN WORLD

This course offers an intensive survey of the major currents in Jewish life from the early modern period to the present. We will trace the process by which the Jews gradually ceased to be a society unto themselves and confronted the sweeping transformations of the modern era, from the Enlightenment and the rise of a bourgeois middle class to projects of nation-building and revolutionary socialism. Within the evolving forms of Jewish religious experience, culture, and identity, we will explore such topics as emancipation, Jewish-gentile relations, the emergence of distinct denominations within Judaism, and the reestablishment of political sovereignty in modern Israel. Weekly readings include broad historical interpretations as well as primary sources such as memoirs, petitions, folklore, and works of literature. Curiosity about Jewish history and a willingness to explore its drama and complexity are the only prereguisits for this course. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed.
Section 401 - LEC
TR 1200PM-0130PM
WENGER, BETH S.
ARTS, RSRCH & CULTR - 3601 LO CREST