This course looks at Israel from the perspective of the various cultural, religious, ethnic, gender, sexual, and racial identities that live in the state. Drawing on ethnographies of Israel, we will explore the intersections, similarities, and differences among these groups. How do cultures develop in opposition to each other? How do different cultures respond to the Arab-Israeli conflict? How has the conflict created new allegiances? What are the many religious identities in Israel and how do they each find religious meaning in the same space? How do peace-niks interact with a military society? What does women's activism look like? What is it like to be queer in a religious country? And how does music bring different people together?
This course fulfills Core requirement SCL.