Jews of the Levant 1840-1939
The Levant-the eastern rim of the Mediterranean--is known for its cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. For centuries, Jews have been an integral part of the Levant and its heterogeneous society. In this course, we will explore major developments in the Jewish society of the Levant from the mid-19th century through the interwar period. The Jewish communities of Alexandria, Beirut, and Salonica will serve as case studies for exploring social, cultural, and community changes and challenges. We will read not only scholarly articles, but also memoires and fiction as important sources for this area of study. 3 hrs. sem.