Jews and the Crusades
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NCST 3505
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Jewish Culture
  • History
  • Global Studies
In this course, we consider new scholarship examining the experience of the Jews in medieval Europe. From the 11th to the 13th century, European Jews were caught up in cycles of ideology and popular violence. Anti-Semitism became an official force when so-called blood libels led to massacres of Jewish communities. Persecution of Muslims and heretical Christian, sects like the Albigensians in Southern France, intensified in the same period. We read original sources, including accounts by individual Jews, Muslims, and heretics of encounters with the Crusades, crusaders, and one another and recent commentary documenting the emergence of collaborative diplomacy, cross-cultural toleration, and surprising alliances. Readings include Robert Chazan, Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe; Christopher Tyerman, God’s War: A New History of the Crusades; and new translations of Islamic historiography. We make extensive use of digital resources, including historical maps, videos, and biographies.
Course Open to: Degree Students