Jews in the World of Islam
This course is an overview of Jewish life in the Islamic World from the first encounter between Muhammad and the Jews of Medina to modern times. It explores and contextualizes Jewish culture within the framework of Islamic history and traditions. Topics include: the legal status and experience of Jews under Islam, the development of new Jewish identities in the Islamic world, international trade and scholarship, Jewish culture in Islamic Spain and the intellectual transformation of Judaism in the Ottoman empire. Students will be exposed to a variety of primary and secondary sources, including the unique documents of the Cairo Geniza.