Register for the class: The Arab-Israeli Conflict Through Literature Since 1917

Tuesdays at 7 pm at Beth Jacob Congregation: October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12


This course will focus on the complex and nuanced ways that Israeli Jews, Arab Israelis, and Palestinian writers and poets, as well as scholars outside the region, have addressed the Middle East Conflict. By the nature of their discipline, writers of fiction and poets offer a broader spectrum of images and scenarios to portray the human condition than professional scholars do. In this course we have chosen writers and poets whose narratives bring into focus dramatic encounters among Jews and Arabs on both side of the political divide.

The compelling writings of Israeli and Arab literary and political figures will expose the participants to multiple perspectives of the conflict, its nuances and dilemmas. In order to better understand the political controversies of the different communities we will also read polemical essays on the topics at the center of the public debate addressed by Israeli, Arab, and American scholars.

The course is scheduled for 8 weeks with weekly meetings. At the first meeting, copies of the readings for the entire course will be provided. The readings for these sessions will introduce often contrasting Israeli and Palestinian points of view which will make for a lively debate. Dr. Arie Zmora will lead the meetings with additional information and perspectives to further provoke discussion.

Cost: The participants are expected to pay $250.00 at the first session, which covers the class as well as copies and a folder of the readings for the entire course that will be provided at the first meeting.