Universität Wien

060027 VO The Ideology of Jew-Hatred - Antisemitism then and now (2020W)

Überblicksvorlesung zur Ideologiegeschichte des Antisemitismus


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

This class is taught online by way of video-conferences. As software, I use Blackboard Collaborate. Access is easy via Moodle. .

Thursday 08.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The persecution and rejection of Jews and Judaism is not an invention of modern times. It begins in Hellenistic times with work of Manetho. A long list of pagan Greek and Latin authors as well as Christian, Muslim and secular literatures attest to the popularity of antisemitism. Jews suffered from hatred and persecution from (Christian) antiquity until today. This lecture class is not interested in surveying the history of antisemitism but engages with the ideological history of this hatred. It perceives antisemitism as a religious ´phenomenon that expresses itself differently in the various cultures of the world and in the epochs of its history.

Assessment and permitted materials

A three page essay on select topics.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Based on my script, students need to be able to critically reflect antisemitic primary source and to contextualize them into the ideological history of antisemitism.
Students that argue in favor or antisemitic ideas will fail this class.

Examination topics

The Script that accompanies this lecture class

Reading list

A.G. Bostom, ed., The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, 2008
M. Gottschlich, Unerlöste Schatten: Die Christen und der neue Antisemitismus, 2015
A.S. Lindemann und R.S. Levy, eds., Antisemitism: A History, 2010
D. Nierenberg, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, 2013
L. Poliakov, The History of Antisemitism, 4 Bd., 2003

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:13