Culture Wars: Identity and Culture in Israel and Palestine

JEWISHST 290S

Israel and Palestine have rich and intertwined religious and cultural histories marked by competing claims and narratives. This course will introduce and examine Zionist, Israeli, Arab and Palestinian claims as expressed through a variety of cultural media. Asking what artistic and culture genres convey about religious and national identity, the course will study literary, musical, visual, and cinematic works in order to determine whether they contribute to or detract from a spirit of coexistence. Competing and conflicting claims will be critiqued for historical and cultural accuracy. Students will put the themes and concepts discussed in class into practical application during Service-Learning projects and a May 2018 study tour.