The Arab Jew: A History of a Concept


Course Description: This course invites students to explore the debates around the term “Arab Jews.” A cultural, historical, and historiographical designation, the term encompasses a range of experiences for Arabic-speaking Jews. These Jews lived in diverse cultural worlds across the Middle East and North Africa, where they developed deep and enduring relationships with non-Jews, and were instrumental in shaping local, regional and national cultures and politics. By engaging with the term “Arab Jews” in its various incarnations, the course offers new perspectives on questions of Zionism and nationalism, colonialism and geography, religion and secularization, as well as historiography and memory.


Exclusion: CJS491H1 (Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies: The Arab Jew: A History of a Concept), offered in Winter 2017


Distribution Requirement: Humanities


Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Area of Interest:

  • Jewish History and Social Sciences and Jewish Cultures
  • Languages and Literatures


Day/Time Instructors Location
M6-8 Yigal Nizri JH 318