Jews in the Medieval World (JS1220)
Catalog Description: Jewish experience from the 2nd century CE to 1492. Legal status of Jews; economic and religious developments. Burning the Talmud, age of charters, reaction to the Crusades, Jewish expulsion from Spain.
From the Syllabus: This course will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural experience of the Jews in the medieval period, from the closing of the Talmud in Babylonia in the early sixth century through the composition of the Shulchan Arukh by Joseph Caro in the late sixteenth. Over the course of this millennium of history, we will study the expansion of Jewish life in the Mediterranean diaspora, the flourishing of Jewish life in medieval Iberia, and the rise of Jewish communities in Christian Europe.
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Tags: AXLE-INT, Christian-Jewish Relations, Core Area 2: Antiquity & Medieval, Diaspora, Eligible for Econ-Hist Interdisciplinary, Eligible for European Studies, Eligible for History, Eligible for Religious Studies, Fall 2015, Islam, Lieberman, Medieval, Rabbinics, Spain, Wasserstein