Supported courses at the Hebrew University
Among its activities, the Mosse Program supports courses taught by the Mosse fellows after their return to Jerusalem. The goal is to allow young students to gain experience in teaching, as well as to enrich the studies of history at the Hebrew University.
Courses supported by the Mosse Program include:
- Sarai Aharoni - 39383: “Gender in Modern History” (Academic Year 2007-2008) Course syllabus (Hebrew)
- Naama Cohen - 39502: “Women Lives During the 12th-15th Centuries” (Academic Years 2005-2006/ 2006-2007)
- Udi Greenberg and Jonathan Lewy - 39325: “Germany Between the Wars: Politics, Culture and Society” (Academic Year 2006-2007) Course syllabus
- Adi Gordon and Yotam Hotam - 39199: “Intellectuals in the German Speaking Sphere” (Academic Year 2003-2004)
Courses given by visiting Professors
- Prof. Chad Alan Goldberg - “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy in America since 1890” (Spring 2008)
This course has three main goals: to (1) critically examine a broad range of ideas relating to capitalism, socialism, and democracy in the United States while (2) situating them in their historical and social context and (3) investigating their long-term consequences and contemporary relevance. The course is organized chronologically in several parts, which cover the Progressive Era; the New Deal; postwar challenges to and criticisms of the New Deal, from the left and the right; the Great Society, the civil rights movement, and the New Left; and the rise of the New Right since the 1970s. As the course moves forward in time, we revisit a series of general questions, which help to give the course greater thematic unity and coherence. These questions include the changing and contested meanings of democracy, the relationship between capitalism and democracy, and the reasons for the absence of a significant socialist movement or labor party in the United States.
- Ken Goldstein, Prof. of Political Science - “American Politics and Political Communication” (Fall 2006)
- Michael Fox, Weinstein-Bascom Prof. in Jewish Studies - “Wisdom Literature: Studies in the Literature and Ideologies of Proverbs” (Fall 2006)
- Prof. Andre Wink - “The Indo-Islamic World: History, Society and Religion” (2005-2006)
Historically, for a variety of reasons, the expansion of Islam has been most successful in the eastern direction, in the lands bordering the Indian Ocean. One of the results of this successful expansion is that currently more than half of the world's Muslim population lives in what we may call the ‘Indo-Islamic world’: Pakistan (with or without parts of Afghanistan), India, Bangla Desh, Malaysia, and Indonesia together with most of the mainland countries of Southeast Asia. Paradoxically, in much of this area, Muslims remained a minority for many centuries, often a rather small one, within the general population that remained ‘heathen’, i.e. Hindu and/or Buddhist. The Islamisation of the Indo-Islamic world has never been complete, making it, for much of its history, more akin to certain parts of the Mediterranean world of late antiquity — when the crossover to the universal religion of Christianity occurred — than to the Arab-Muslim world that evolved as a more or less unitary culture over the last one thousand years or so.
In this seminar we will explore some recent (as well as some of the older) attempts to explain these and other peculiarities of the historical development of the Indo-Islamic world, the different modes of its expansion, as well as its changing cultural and religious idiosyncracies. Almost equal attention will be given to the earlier (medieval and early modern) and the modern and contemporary ages.
The seminar will run through the Academic Year 2005-6 and will be divided in four main parts.
- Rachel Finlay Brenner, Prof. of Hebrew & Semitic Studies - “Women in Twenthieth Century Jewish Literature” (Spring 2004)
- Anatoly Khazanov, Ernst Geltner Prof. of Anthropology - ”Ethnicity and Politics in the Former Soviet Union” (2003-2004)