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Teaching Undergraduates the History of Early Modern Sephardic and Eastern Jews

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Matt Goldish; Matt Goldish

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2005, pp.12-13.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Teaching methods)

Keywords: Sephardic Jews; Mizrahi Jews; Higher Education; Judaic Studies

Type: Report

Coverage: United States United States


The author discusses three problems common to the teaching of Sephardic and Eastern Jewries to Western undergraduate students: (1) the definition of "Sephardic" and the fluidity of boundaries between different Jewish groups; (2) students' unfamiliarity with the regions ins question; and (3) the challenge of finding appropriate course readings. The author discusses his approaches to these problems, including some specific suggestions for course readings.