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Relevant Courses for JS Certificate Students


Graduate Spring 2014 Courses

JS 561R-000 (Class no. 5922): Approaches to Jewish Studies (same as HIST 585-007)
Goldstein, Time: Wed 12:00-3:00, MAX: 12 (JS 4, HIST 8), Candler Library 212

This multi-disciplinary course examines the relationships Jews have had with other national, religious, racial, and ethnic groups in a variety of historical and geographical contexts, and how these “encounters” have been crucial to the shaping of Jewish identities.

We shall begin the course with some theoretical readings on identity formation, focusing particularly on how group self-understandings are forged through encounters with other groups. We will then explore these issues within a number of different historical periods (ranging from ancient to contemporary) and geographical contexts (including the Middle East, Europe, and the United States), as well as through many different disciplinary lenses (including history, archaeology, anthropology, literary studies, linguistics, gender studies, music, and textual analysis).

Readings will be drawn from a number of different texts including, but not limited to, the following: William Dever, Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel; Eric Gruen, Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of the Jewish Tradition; Henry Goldschmidt, Race and Religion Among the Chose People of Crown Heights; Benjamin Harshav, The Meaning of Yiddish; Sander Gilman, The Jew’s Body; James Loeffler, The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire; Jonathan Freedman, Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity; Marion Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany; Neta Stahl, Other and Brother: Jesus in the 20th Century Jewish Literary Landscape; Seth Schwartz, Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 BCE to 640 CE; and S.D. Goitein, A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza.

JS 597R-00P (Class no. 4450): Directed Study
Faculty, Time: TBA

JS 598R-00P (Class no. 4451): Thesis/Exam Preparation
Faculty, Time: TBA

JS 730-000 (Class no. 4413): Maimonides
Blumenthal, MW 8:30-10:00, MAX: 4, Candler Library 212

JS 730-001 (Class no. 5916): Race & Psychoanalysis (same as PSP 789-002, ILA 790-006)
Gilman, Tu 10:00-1:00, MAX:12 (JS 3, ILA, 6, PSP, 3), Callaway S423

The course will examine how neurology (brain science) was central in shaping psychoanalysis and psychiatry in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how it impacted its critical relationship to biological models of race. The first half of the course will read Freud and other neurologists on race and mind; the second half will examine the impact of psychoanalytic theories and models of race in response to Nazi Germany (Reich and Adorno), South Africa (Sachs), France (Fanon), and the United States from the background to ‘Brown vs. the Board of Education’ to today.

JS 730-002 (Class no. 5946): Judeo-Arabic Texts (same as MESAS 570-002)
Hary, Th 2:30-5:00, MAX: 4 (JS 2, MESAS 2), Emerson E504

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Other Courses That May Be Relevant for JS Certificate Students

Comparative Literature

Kierkegaard: Literature, Religion, Philosophy
CPLT 751-005

Literature, Film, and Justice: Writers on Trial
CPLT 751-006


Special Topics in History: Fascism
HIST 585-000

Special Topics in History: Fin-de-Siecle Europe
HIST 585-006

Islamic Civilizations Studies

Judeo-Arabic Texts

Graduate Division of Religion

Islamic Civilizations Studies
RLAR 738

Debating Sexuality in the Middle East and South Asia

Leviticus (Exegetical Seminar)

Religious Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Topics in American Religious History: Popular Cultures
RLHT 735

RLL 701

Bioethics & Religion

Intro to the Study of Religious Practices
RLR 700R

Transnational Religion
RLR 700R


Architecture and Literature of Al-Andalus (1200-1600)
SPAN 530

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