Universität Wien FIND

060030 SE The Roots of Christian and Muslim Antisemitism in Antiquity (2022W)

Die antiken Wurzeln des heutigen Antisemitismus

Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 35 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 06.10. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 13.10. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 20.10. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 27.10. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 03.11. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 10.11. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 17.11. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 24.11. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 01.12. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 15.12. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 12.01. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 19.01. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital
Thursday 26.01. 17:30 - 19:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The number of antisemitic incidents doubles in many countries every year. In the online world, Jew hatred explodes to an extant that was last seen during the Nazi period. Today, Jew hatred can be found both in the western world and in the world of Islam. It has a very long history and is rooted in ancient traditions that go back to antiquity. In particular, ancient and late ancient Christian traditions form the fundament on which today's antisemitism rests both in the western world and the world of Islam. To combat antisemitism today, can only be successfull if the ancient heritage it draws on is properly understood. This class will show how the ancient beginnings of antisemitism in the Graeco-Roman world as well as ancient and late ancient Christian literature impact and authorize not only the Jew-hatred of the twentieth century but also contemporary antisemitism in the Western world and the world of Islam.

Assessment and permitted materials

Group presentation and writing of a project paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance, group presentation and writing a project paper.
Students that argue in favor or antisemitic ideas will fail this class.

Examination topics

You should demonstrate the ability to critically examine ancient and late antique sources for their antisemitic content and to combat their inclusion in antisemitic polemics of our time.

Reading list

R.R. Ruether, Faith and Fratricide: The Theological Roots of Anti-Semitism, 1974
P. Schäfer, Judeophobia: Attitudes toward Jews in the Ancient World, 1997
M. Simon, Verus Israel: A Study of the Relations between Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire AD 135-425, 1964
More literature will be provided digitally

Association in the course directory

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