Muslim-Jewish Relations: History and Memory in the Middle East and Europe, 622-1945
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Noémi Lévy-Aksu
This course is available on the BA in History, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and History. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available to General Course students.
Because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most discussions of Muslim-Jewish relations focus on the period after 1948. Muslims and Jews, however, have engaged with one another for over 1,400 years. Just as at the beginning, when Muhammad first met Jewish Arabs in Medina in 622, Jewish and Muslim relations have spanned the whole range of human interaction. What approaches have historians taken to understand the connected histories of Jews and Muslims in Middle Eastern and European history, from their earliest relations in seventh-century Arabia to mid-twentieth-century Europe? Through attention to historical events and personalities as well to religious texts, language, law, ritual, sacred spaces, intellectual and spiritual movements, art, architecture, and literature we will explore different approaches to the history and memory of Muslim-Jewish relations in the Middle East and Europe, evenly divided between the pre modern and the modern period. Students are advised that this is not a history of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle, although its impact on the memory of Muslim-Jewish relations in history will be discussed.
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
20 two-hour seminars in the MT and LT; one revision seminar in the ST. There will be a reading week in the Michaelmas and the Lent terms. Students will be expected to read essential primary and secondary material for each weekly meeting and to participate in the seminar discussions.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
Students will be required to produce a formative essay during Michaelmas term as preparation for the assessed essay due Lent Term.
Weekly written reading responses and oral reports in Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. Completion of these is mandatory, in order to facilitate good seminar discussions.
1. A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations, From Their Origins to the
Present Day, ed. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013); Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Sources, ed. Olivia Constable, 2nd ed. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011); Norman Stillman, The Jews of Arab Lands: A History and Source Book (Philadelphia: The JewishPublication Society, 1998); Norman Stillman, The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2003); Marc David Baer, The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010); Aomar Boum, Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco (Stanford:Stanford University Press, 2013)
Exam (70%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Presentation (15%) and class participation (15%) in the MT and LT.
The participation grade will be based on the quality of the student’s contribution to seminar discussions, and weekly posting of reading responses.
Department: International History
Total students 2017/18: 16
Average class size 2017/18: 15
Capped 2017/18: Yes (15)
Value: One Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills