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The Spanish Expulsion (HIS 240)
Varies – self study.
May 2022 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: illustrate and discuss what Jewish society and culture was like in Spain during in the century leading up to the expulsion; describe the major historical events in Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries that affected the Jewish population and explain the impact these events had on Jewish life; identify the major historical personalities in Spain whose actions affected the Jewish population in the period leading up to the expulsion and explain how they impacted the Jewish population; describe the contributions of Jewish historical figures and explain the impact they had on Jewish life; describe and assess how the interactions between Jewish and Christian cultures influenced Christian attitudes towards Jews and in turn influenced Jewish life and society; describe the important decisions and decrees Jewish leaders made during this period and discuss what may have influenced their decisions and how Jewish culture was affected.
This course explores historical events and personalities involving or affecting the Jewish people in medieval Europe through the fourteenth century. The course will also focus on how historical figures made an impact on Jewish life through their major works and communal interaction. Significant figures include Avner, Shlomo HaLevi, Yehoshua Lorki, R’ Nissim b. Reuven (Ran), R’ Chisdai b. Crescas, R’ Yitzchok Abrabanel, Torquemada, Ferdinand and Isabella. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of how the Jews living in Europe during the Middle Ages interacted with surrounding cultures, and how they influenced and were influenced by their host countries. Also, students will be able to express an understanding of the significance of major political and cultural events and their impact on the Jewish communities and individuals. Topics include the conversos, the riots of 1391, the Inquisition, the Holy Child of LaGuardia, events leading up to the expulsion, and the refugees from Spain.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, Jewish History, Judaic Studies or Sociology (3/22).