AH201 The Origins of Ashkenaz

A survey of the earliest Jewish communities of Europe that formed the nucleus of Ashkenazic civilization, 900-1400 CE. Population movements from northern Italy and the Iberian Peninsula will be studied, as well as the early medieval charters that established the legal basis for Jewish settlement. Emphasis will be placed on the unique characteristics of the Ashkenazic experience, and how they led to lasting innovations in communal organization and cultural development. Unfortunately the course will be taught by a Litvak, with absolutely no sense of humour, but Hasidim will be standing by to resuscitate as necessary.

  • Course Specifications
  • Type: Compulsory
  • Lesson type: Lecture
  • Hours: 28 (5 credits)
  • Category: HISTORY
  • Requirement: 1 essay
  • Instructor: Prof. HENRY ABRAMSON
  • Course Readings 1
  • Henry Abramson, handout (Ashkenazium,2023)