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Jews in Egypt (JS2620)

Posted by on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Courses, Spring 2017.

Catalog Description: Jewish life and experience under Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Muslim rule in Egypt from the Ptolemies to 1956 and after. Jewish self-government, economic life, and culture over twenty-three centuries, as seen through letters, documents, and imaginative literature.

From the Syllabus: Jews lived in Egypt from before the Ptolemies until 1956. In this course we explore the varieties of Jews and of Jewish life and experience under the many different regimes and cultures that have dominated Egypt in the last thirty centuries – Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks, British, Arabs; pagans, Christians, Muslims. We read texts by and about Jews, written originally in Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, and other languages, including letters and documents from Elephantine; Philo; writings of Saadya Gaon; letters and poems by Maimonides and Judah Halevi; documents from the Cairo Geniza of the middle ages; a special prayer-chronicle for Purim from the seventeenth century; and more. We look at how the Jews governed themselves and at how government treated the Jews; at economic life; and at the culture of the Jews in Egypt over twenty two centuries.

Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by:
Spring 2017 INT No Graduate Catalog Wasserstein
Religious Studies
Econ/Hist Interdisc.

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