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Spring 2016

Course syllabi can be found in LATTE

Professor Course Number Course Title
Blecker NEJS 194a Modern Arabic Literature: Reading Identity, Politics, and Society
Brooten NEJS 128a Introduction to Christianity
Brown-deVost NEJS 110b Readings in the Hebrew Bible


NEJS 202b Akkadian Mythological/Religious Texts II
Decter NEJS 144a Jews in the World of Islam
Eichler NEJS 137a The Destruction of European Jewry
Ellenson NEJS 156a Modern Questions, Jewish Answers: Modern Jewish Responsa Literature
El-Tobgui ARBC 106b Advanced Arabic II: Classical Arabic & Islamic Literature
El-Tobgui NEJS 198a Islam and the West
Feiman-Nemser NEJS 170b Inside Jewish Education
Fishman NEJS 173b American Jewish Writers in the Twentieth Century
Freeze NEJS 140b Early Modern Jewish History
Freeze/Freeze HIST 214b Ethnicity and Religion in the USSR
Hussein ARBC 103b Middle Advanced Arabic II
Karjala ARBC 40b Intermediate Arabic II
Karjala/Azoni ARBC 20b (1) Beginning Arabic II
Karjala/Azoni ARBC 20b (2) Beginning Arabic II
Kimelman HUM 10a The Western Canon
Kimelman NEJS 125b Midrashic Literature: Sifre Deuteronomy 
Krasner AMST 150a The History of Childhood and Youth in America
Laher NEJS 186a Introduction to the Qur'an
Levisohn NEJS 235b Philosophy of Jewish Education
Mirsky NEJS 141b Human Rights: Law, Politics, and Theology
Mirsky NEJS 154b Israel: Dilemmas of Identity
Rivo NEJS 181b Film and the Holocaust
Sarna HRNS 231b The American Jewish Community in Historical Perspective
Sarna NEJS 263b Colloquium in American Jewish History
Sheppard NEJS 154a

World Without God: Theories of Secularization 

Sheppard/Sherman HOID NEW

Crime and Punishment

Smith NEJS 133a Art, Artifact, and History
Szobel NEJS 174a

Minorities and Others in Israeli Literature and Culture (taught in Hebrew) 

Szobel NEJS 180b

Israeli Literature and Film in Translation

Troen NEJS 145a History of the State of Israel
Troen NEJS 185a

Conflict and Consensus in Israel

Wright NEJS 104a Comparative Semitic Languages 
Wright NEJS 211b The History of the Israelite Religions