Faculty of Arts
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|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation|
|Offered||Not offered in 2013|
|Coordinator(s)||Michael Fagenblat and Nathan Wolski|
Previously coded JWC3280
From the 11th to the 13th centuries Jewish expression underwent a remarkable renaissance that saw the birth of its greatest philosophical and mystical exponents. We will study Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed as a universalistic philosophy of religion, as well as an exponent of the particulars of Jewish law. The second half of the course will examine the extraordinary rise of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition that flourished in Spain from the end of the 13th century. Besides considering the relations between Maimonides and the mystics we will also examine the different but equally daring reading techniques of philosophers and mystics alike.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will:
In addition, third-year students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to:
Written work: 60%
2.5 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial) per week