GOVT 2523

GOVT 2523

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

Islamophobia and Judeophobia are ideas and like all ideas they have a history of their own. Although today many might think of Islamophobia or Judeophobia as unchangeable---fear of and hatred for Islam and Muslims or Judaism and Jews---these ideas and the social and political practices informed by them have varied greatly over time and place. They even intersected during the Middle Age and in Ottoman times when "the Jew" was frequently represented as allied with "The Muslim". The first part of this course traces the history, trajectory, and political agency of Judeophobia and Islamophobia in texts and other forms of culture from late antiquity through the present. The second part of the course is devoted to modernity and the present especially in Europe and the United States focusing on representational practices---how Muslims/Islam and Jews/Judaism are portrayed in various discourses including the media, film and on the internet. We will investigate how these figures (the Muslim, the Jew) serve as a prism through which we can understand various social, political and cultural processes and the interests of those who produce and consume them.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 2523JWST 2523NES 2523RELST 2523

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16492GOVT 2523  LEC 001

  • 16496GOVT 2523  DIS 201

  • 16497GOVT 2523  DIS 202

  • 16498GOVT 2523  DIS 203

  • 16499GOVT 2523  DIS 204