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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - April 28, 2002

Association for Jewish Studies Sephardi/Mizrahi Studies Caucus
Discussion List
Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <>
Week of Sunday, April 28, 2002 (16 Iyar 5762)


1. Princeton University Conference: "Poverty and Charity: Judaism Christianity, Islam," May 9-10, 2002 (Galinsky)

2. Ben-Gurion University Conference on Orientalism and Education, May 5-7, 2002 (Kerem)

3. Announcement: New "Center for Sephardic Studies" at the University of Murcia, Spain (Santa Puche)
1. Princeton University Conference: "Poverty and Charity: Judaism Christianity, Islam," May 9-10, 2002 (Galinsky)

From: Judah Galinsky <>
Via: Rachel Simon <>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 14:27:29 -0400

A Conference: "Poverty and Charity: Judaism, Christianity, Islam"
At Princeton University

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion with the support of the Carolyn L. Drucker '80 Memorial Lecture Fund (Department of Near Eastern Studies)

Thursday-Friday, May 9-10, 2002

Thursday, May 9th (Whig Senate Chamber)

Continental Breakfast
Introductory Remarks: Mark R. Cohen (Princeton University)
First Session: Judaism
Chair: Martha Himmelfarb (Princeton University)
Mark R. Cohen (Princeton University) "Hunger, Inadequate Clothing and the Plight of the Poor as Reflected in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza"

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 Judah Galinsky (Bar-Ilan University/Center for the Study of Religion) "Charity and the Jewish Pious Foundation (Hekdesh) in Christian Spain: A Comparative Perspective"
11:45-12:45 Elliott Horowitz (Bar-Ilan University) "Marriage and Money: The Dowering of Jewish Brides in Medieval and Early Modern Europe"

12:45-2:00 Lunch (conference participants, Whig Lounge)*

2:00-5:15 Second Session: Christianity
Chair: Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University)

2:00-3:00 Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway College) "Poverty and Charity in the Earlier Middle Ages: The Middle East and Western Europe Compared"
Coffee Break
Brian Pullan (University of Manchester) "Catholics, Protestants and the Poor in Early Modern Europe"

4:15-5:15 Marjorie K. McIntosh (University of Colorado) "Poverty, Charity and Coercion in Elizabethan England"

6:30-7:30 Private Reception (Prospect House)

8:00-10:00 Dinner (conference participants, Prospect House)

Friday, May 10th (Whig Senate Chamber)

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00-12:15 Third Session: Islam
Chair: Shaun Marmon (Princeton University)
Michael Bonner (University of Michigan) "Poverty in the Qur’an"

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 Amy Singer (Tel Aviv University) "Serving Up Charity"

11:15-12:15 Mine Ener (Villanova University) "The Police and the Poor: Religious Pererogatives of Poor Relief in Two Ottoman Contexts"
Lunch (conference participants, Whig Lounge)*
Round-Table Discussion (Jones Hall 202)
Introductory remarks: Peter Brown (Princeton University)
Discussants: the lecturers, session chairs, and David Berger (Brooklyn College), Giles Constable (Institute for Advanced Study), William Chester Jordan (Princeton), Emmanuel Papoutsakis (Princeton), Adam Sabra (Western Michigan University), Seth Schwartz (Jewish Theological Seminary), Petra Sijpesteijn (Princeton University/Center for the Study of Religion)

7:30-10:00 Dinner (conference participants, Prospect House)

*For the convenience of the public, please find a list of local eateries on the table at room entrance.

Conference website

For additional program information please contact: Professor Mark R. Cohen,
2. Ben-Gurion University Conference on Orientalism and Education, May 5-7,
2002 (Kerem)

From: Actcom Mail <>
Date: Monday, April 30, 2002

Academic conference: "Orientalism and Education - the Sephardim/ Mizrachim in Israel and the Diaspora".

Announcing an international conference on the theme dealing with the history of education on Sephardim / Mizrachim at Ben Gurion University May 5-7, 2002 organized by the Education Department at Ben Gurion University and the Sephardic email publication, "Sefard, the Sephardic Newsletter." More than 50 unusual presentations about the marginalization of the Sephardim in Education and Culture in Israel and in the Diaspora, past and present. Unusual topics include 300 years of Bucharan Jewish Education; the role of Jewish education in Central Asia; the contribution of Turkish Jewry to Zionism; Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust; how the Western perception of Orientalism influenced the manner in which Ashkenazi Jews perceived the Eastern Jews and the faint general understanding of the rich culture and history of Jews from Spain and Muslim lands.

For information, please contact Yitzchak Kerem.
02-579-5595, 054-870-316
3. Announcement: New "Center for Sephardic Studies" at the University of Murcia, Spain (Santa Puche)

From: Salvador Santa Puche <>

[Note from Editor/Moderator Aviva Ben-Ur: For those of you who do not read Spanish, I am pleased to paraphrase in English Prof. Salvador Santa Puche's
news of the founding of a new Center for Sephardic Studies at the University of Murcia, slated for this July. The center will open its doors in September, when it will be officially inaugurated. The course, "Introduction to Sephardic Culture" has been approved and will debut in October and November. The project, "Sefarad and the Shoah" will also be launched, featuring an archive of testimonies from Sephardic Holocaust survivors. This archive will be open to researchers and the general public for exhibits, conferences, and classes at colleges and high schools. While much of the program for next semester remains in formation, a huge first step has been taken! Prof. Santa Puche's original message is below.]

on 4/30/02 8:14 PM, salsan at wrote:

Estimados amigos,

Me es muy grato anunciaros que la Universidad de Murcia y su maximo representante, el rector Jose Ballesta, firmaran la creacion del CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS SEFARDIES el proximo mes de julio.

El centro comenzara a ser operativo ya en septiembre, mes durante el cual sera inaugurado oficialmente. Del mismo modo ya se ha aprobado la confeccion y realizacion del curso 'Introduccion a la Cultura Sefardi I' que sera realizado en la Universidad de Murcia durante los meses de octubre y noviembre. De enero a junio de 2003, el curso se realizara en los centros de formacion de profesorado

Ademas tambien se comenzara con el proyecto 'Sefarad en la Shoa', consistente en la creacion de un archivo de testimonios de supervivientes sefardies del Holocausto. Este archivo estara abierto a investigadores y publico en general para la realizacion de exposiciones, conferencias y cursos en colegios e institutos de educacion secundaria.

Como veis, los proyectos para el proximo curso academico estan todavia en fase inicial, pero, al menos, hemos dado el primer paso de un largo viaje. Shalom a todos.

Dr. SANTA PUCHE, Salvador
Tf: 968-792197
Fax: 968-752131

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