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Fall 2014

Course syllabi can be found in LATTE

Professor Course Number Course Title
Abusch NEJS 116a Ancient Near Eastern Religion and Mythology
Abusch NEJS 201a Akkadian Literary Texts I
Azoni ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic
Brettler NEJS 121b Biblical Poetry:  Love and Death
Brettler NEJS 231a Graduate Proseminar in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Brown deVost NEJS 101a Elementary Akkadian
Decter FYS 53a Between Conflict and Cooperation: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Medival Spain
Decter NEJS 155a Maimonides: A Jewish Thinker in the Islamic World
El-Tobgui ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature
El-Tobgui IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions
Fleisch NEJS 145a History of the State of Israel
Karjala/Hussein ARBC 10a 1 Beginning Arabic I
Karjala/Hussein ARBC 10a 2 Beginning Arabic I
Karjala ARBC 30a Intermediate Arabic I
Kellman NEJS 176b Jewish Graphic Novels
Kellman YDSH 10a Beginning Yiddish
Kellman YDSH 30a Intermediate Yiddish
Kimelman NEJS 25a Introduction to Talmud
Kimelman NEJS 127a Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism
Lumbard NEJS 188b Islam and Religious Diversity
Lumbard NEJS 194b Sufi Teachings
Adjunct NEJS 197b Political Culture of the Middle East
Mirsky NEJS 153a Between Ecstasy and Community: Hasidism in Jewish Thought and History
Mirsky NEJS 154b Israel: Dilemmas of Identity
Sarna NEJS 146a World Jewry since 1945
Sarna NEJS 162b It Couldn't Happen Here: Three American Antisemitic Episodes
Sheppard NEJS 135a The Modern Jewish Experience
Sherman NEJS 10a Biblical Hebrew Grammar and Texts
Sigalow NEJS 163b Half-Jews, Queer-Jews, and Bu-Jews: Mapping Jewish Identities in America
Smith NEJS 133a Art, Artifacts, and History: The Material Culture of Modern Jews
Szobel NEJS 174b Israeli Women Writers on War and Peace
Szobel NEJS 177a The Holocaust in Israeli and Jewish Literature
Wright NEJS 105a Music in Biblical and Near Eastern Religion
Wright NEJS 106b Elementary Ugaritic