Jewish History: The Jews of Iraq
|Period:||Semester 1, Block I, II|
- Yes Elective choice
- Yes Contractonderwijs
- Yes Exchange
- No Study Abroad
- No Evening course
- Yes A la Carte
- No Honours Class
Basic historical knowledge (e.g. ‘Inleiding jodendom’ or ‘Geschiedenis van het Midden-Oosten’ / History of the Middle East
The recent study of Orit Bashkin, A History of the Jews in Modern Iraq: New Babylonians (Stanford: SUP, 2012) forms the starting point of a closer look at the history of the Jews in Iraq and at that of the Jews in the Middle East more widely. Bashkin’s book covers the eventful period starting in the early 20th century and ending with the forced migration of the Iraqi Jews to the new state of Israel. Her description of this particular community sheds light on changing Jewish identities in this period within the context of Arab nationalism and Zionism and the modernization of the Middle East more generally. In an intensive course of six meetings in October and November, Bashkin’s study will be read and discussed thoroughly and put into the wider context of the historiography of Jews in the Middle East and the study of non-Muslim minorities. Students will further elaborate on these themes with a paper addressing one or more of the themes of this study.
- basic knowledge of the history of Jews in Iraq and the Middle East in the modern period – basic knowledge of the historiography of Jews in Iraq and the Middle East in the modern period – practicing and expanding skills in summarizing, analyzing and discussing scholarly literature in the field of Jewish and Modern Middle East studies. – Practicing research and writing skills via a paper on a related topic
6 meetings on Wednesday, 13.00-15.00; Oct 17, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28.
Mode of instruction
- class participation (20%) – presentation (30%) – paper (50%)
Yes, see Blackboard
Orit Bashkin, A History of the Jews in Modern Iraq: New Babylonians (Stanford: SUP, 2012).
Additional background literature will be provided via BB
Via uSis In addition to the registration in uSis, students are also expected to self-enroll in blackboard. Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Contact mrs. drs. M. Starkenburg
This seminar is open to 2nd and 3rd year BA-students of HJS, Wereldgodsdiensten en Midden-Oosten studies, as well as to those with some knowledge of Jewish and Middle Eastern history; Dutch students are allowed to write their paper in Dutch.
For further questions, please contact H.L. Murre-van den Berg
or see the website,
or the weblog
|Is part of||Programme type||Semester||Block|
|Hebrew and Jewish studies||Bachelor||1||I, II|
|Islamic theology||Bachelor||1||I, II|
|World Religions||Bachelor||1||I, II|
|World Religions: Christianity||Bachelor||1||I, II|
|World Religions: New Religions||Bachelor||1||I, II|
|World Religions Judaism||Bachelor||1||I, II|