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JWST
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JWST233
Why the Jews? Historical and Cultural Investigations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU, DVUP
Restriction: Must not have completed HIST282, HIST283, JWST234, or JWST235.
Also offered as: HIST287.
Credit only granted for: JWST233 or HIST287.
Examines the history and culture of the Jews from the thirteenth century BCE/BC to the present through an examination of significant themes or problems (such as "religion" or "diaspora") that shape our understanding of the Jewish people. A primary focus in the course will be on texts, artifacts, and other cultural products by Jews and others that illustrate the history of the Jews help understand their cultural heritage.
JWST262
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: ENGL262.
Credit only granted for: JWST262, HEBR223 or ENGL262.
Formerly: HEBR223.
Origins of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), with attention to literary formations, archaeology, and social-political settings. Explorations of major questions, including who wrote the Bible, and when; relationships of the biblical tradition to the mythology and religious structures of ancient Israel's near eastern neighbors; and dynamics of politics, religious leadership, and law.
JWST272
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT242.
Credit only granted for: CMLT242 or JWST272.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
JWST282
Elementary Yiddish II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JWST281; or permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Continuation of JWST281.
Also offered as GERM149Z. Credit granted for JWST282 or GERM149Z.
JWST289A
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; The Million that's gone: The Jews of Muslim Lands in Modern Time
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Also offered as HIST219C. Credit granted for JWST289A or HIST219C. Examines the complex and fraught history of the Jews of Muslim lands in modern times, a population reduced from about one million a century ago to several tens of thousands today.
JWST289E
New Explorations in Jewish Studies; Civil Discourse or Urban Riot: Why Cities Don't (Often) Explode
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as HIST135. Credit granted for HIST135 or JWST289E. An examination of the mechanisms that promote peaceful co-existence in urban societies and a discussion of how and why city streets sometimes become violent.
JWST289J
Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as RELS289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
JWST319M
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Beyond Black and White: Jews and Representations of Race
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as ISRL349Z. Credit granted for ISRL349Z or JWST319M.

An examination of Western constructions and representations of 'race' from medieval times to the modern rise of Zionism and the founding of Israel, with a focus on how Jews utilized the racial discourses of each period to negotiate their position within Western history.
JWST326
Jews and Judaism in Antiquity II: First through Seventh Centuries
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, DVUP
Also offered as: HIST371.
Credit only granted for: HIST371 or JWST326.
Political, social, and religious history of the Jews from the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE to the Muslim conquests. Special attention to the political transformations in Judaism under late Roman Christianity, and the rise of the Rabbinic movement.
JWST341
American Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: ENGL331.
Credit only granted for: ENGL379L (Spring 2013), HONR229G (Spring 2008), JWST319T(Spring 2013), ENGL331, or JWST341.
Formerly: ENGL379L and JWST319T.
An exploration of the role played by literature in the development of American Jewish ethnic identity. Primary materials include essays, poetry, plays, short stories, novels, films and music.
JWST344
Modern Jewish History II: World Jewry Since 1870
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST375.
Credit only granted for: HIST375 or JWST344.
Continuation of JWST343: Social, political, economic, and cultural change in the Jewish world since 1870. Emphasis on emancipation, assimilation, and new forms of Jewish identity in Western and Eastern European Jewry from the 19th Century to the present.
JWST346
Representing the Holocaust
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: ENGL332.
Credit only granted for: ENGL379J, JWST419I, ENGL332, or JWST346.
Formerly: ENGL379J and JWST419I.
Different perspectives on how the Holocaust should be represented. Examination of a wide range of texts including fiction, memoirs, critical essays, poems and films in different languages (in translation). Emphasis on the international and comparative nature of Holocaust literary studies and investigation into the propriety of literary representation of historical catastrophe. Consideration of our own role as readers serving as witnesses to an event that has marked itself indelibly in the aesthetic history of the twentieth century.
JWST370
Before the Holocaust: The Golden Age of Eastern European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Credit only granted for: JWST419E, JWST370, or HIST419Q.
Formerly: JWST419E.
An exploration of the history of the Jews of Eastern Europe from the period of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth until the Holocaust. Topics to be covered include religious, political, social, and cultural transformation of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the context of the general political changes in the area.
Also offered as HIST419Q.
JWST386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The Jewish Studies Program's internship program. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis, and writing related to Jewish Studies in a variety of work settings.
JWST409A
Research Seminar in Jewish Studies; Literature and Jewish Life in Eastern Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
JWST419V
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Understanding Jewish Religious Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as RELS419V. Credit granted for JWST419V or RELS419V.

Explores the concept of "religious experience" -- including mysticism, heavenly ascents, and altered consciousness -- and considers whether such experiences are central to the Jewish religious tradition. Draws upon recent work in sociology, psychology, and cognitive studies of religion, while using examples from the history of Judaism and contemporary Jewish culture.
JWST429B
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; Classical Arabic Philosophy by Muslims and Jews
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as PHIL428B. Credit granted for PHIL428B or JWST429B. This course is an introduction to classical Arabic philosophy from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries of the Christian era. But unlike most courses on this topic, we shall not be reading philosophy soley by Muslims but also by Jews (and maybe Christians). In a sense, the course is best described by the title of the book by Dimitri Gutas, "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture".
JWST429D
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; 1967 and its Aftermath: How they Changed Israel and the Mideast
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as ISRL448T and HIST428X. Credit granted for ISRL448T, HIST428X, or JWST429D. The Six Day/June War of 1967 helped set into motion a series of events that reverberate today. This seminar will examine the results of the war, focusing primarily on the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, the ensuing radical transformation of Israeli policy towards Palestinians, and its impact on their daily lives. It will also examine Palestinian resistance to the Occupation, including the use of terror against civilians.
JWST429K
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; Memoir and Autobiography in Modern Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST418A. Credit granted for HIST418A or JWST429K.
JWST459M
Readings in Medieval Hebrew; Moses Maimonides' Religious and Ethical Thought
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as PHIL428M. Credit granted for PHIL428M or JWST459M.

A seminar in the philosophy of Moses Maimonides, the great medieval Jewish religious thinker. The course will focus on the disputed questions in the interpretation of Maimonides, such as his views on Divine attributes, creation, providence, prophecy, the rationale of the Law, moral and intellectual perfection, and the limitations of human knowledge. No knowledge of Hebrew or Arabic is required.
JWST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Jewish Studies; Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST600
General Seminar in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Introduce graduate students to the fields, problems, and basic methods of research in the comtemporary practice of Jewish Studies. Consideration of chronological and historiographical problems, questions of the development of Jewish thought and literature and Jewish religious and cultural history in four rough chronological periods: Biblical Israel, Judaism in Antiquity, Judaism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, and Modern Judaism.
JWST648
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Focus on the central issues in Jewish history as well as the key historiographical debates on those issues.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST658
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Thought and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines key issues in the development of Jewish thought and culture.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST678
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines selected themes on literatures in the development of Jewish literary traditions.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.