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MAHG – 5003 (01)  The History of Anti-Semitism               Dr. Gilbert Kahn

Office: 205 Willis Hall                                                               Fall 2011

908-737-3996 (Direct)                              Office Hrs:  M & Th,  10:30 – 12:30 PM

908-737-3990 (Dept.)                                                     T, 4:30 – 6:30 PM,

                                                                                          W,  11:45 – 1:45 PM

      and by appointment    

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This course surveys the origins and historical development of anti-Semitism.  The class will explore the phenomenon of anti-Semitism within the context of world history.  It is the aim of this course to identify and analyze the wide array of expressions and actions that fall under the rubric of anti-Semitism.  This course will consider among other things:  Why and how has anti-Semitism persisted into the present age? Was the Holocaust the logical culmination of European anti-Semitism?  How has anti-Semitism been transformed with the rise of Zionism?  Is anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism?  

Specifically this course will consider the social, religious, psychological, political, and economic dimensions of anti-Semitism, “the longest hatred.”  Topics include pagan attitudes toward Jews and Judaism, the roots and development of Christian anti-Semitism, blood libels, the Crusades and the massacre of the Jews, the devil and the Jews, the Black Death, the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, racial anti-Semitism, Anti-Semitism in the United States, the Holocaust, and Anti-Semitism in the Arab world.

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