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Fall 2023 Seminar

Jewish Law and Critical Theory

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course explores the intersections between Jewish law and critical theory, with an emphasis on the ways in which critical theory can inform and challenge ancient Jewish thought. Students will engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, including anthropology, feminist theory, and postcolonial theory, and apply these perspectives to a variety of Jewish texts and traditions. Through careful reading of Jewish texts from the Babylonian Talmud, the course will examine the role of Jewish law in shaping and responding to broader social and political issues, as well as introduce major trend in critical theories. Students will also be expected to participate in class discussions and debates, and to produce a final research paper on a topic related to the course content.