Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages

Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages

Supervised Independent Study
Course 3503 | 3 credits

The medieval period in Jewish history stretched from the close of the Talmud in the sixth century CE to the beginning of the sixteenth century. During this long and complicated period, Jews and Judaism varied tremendously based on factors from settlement patterns and local conditions to relations with non-Jews. In this course, students are introduced to the richness of a period that defies easy categorization, but continued creatively from the rabbinic period and set the groundwork for Jewish responses to modernity. Students explore the politics and usefulness of periodization and learn about the key sociological, communal, religious, and intellectual developments that helped to define this period. Jewish relations with the external world, in the form of both acculturation and conflict, are also considered.