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Jihad: Theology and Legacy into the 21st Century

About the Course:

Instructor: Yisrael Ne’eman

Since the time of the Prophet Mohammed, Jihad as a theological and operational concept originating in the Arabian Peninsula spread Islam almost exclusively through the force of arms into the Indian subcontinent in the East and into North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula/the Balkans in Europe. For a thousand years non-Muslim populations were forced to either convert, die or live under the discriminatory dhimma regulations, suffering serious disabilities.

When halted by Christendom, those holding Jihad ideals were on the defensive, only reasserting themselves with the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. Jihadi Islam made an amazing comeback by challenging Middle East secular nationalism, the West, enlightenment ideals, democracy, Jews/Israel and Christendom by the late 20th century.

In our course we will investigate how a seventh century theology continues to be so powerful as to be a catalyst for the Iranian Revolution, the al Qaeda attacks of 9/11, the establishment of the Islamic State Caliphate (ISIS/ISIL) and local actors such as Hamas in its wars against Israel.

Can Jihad be defeated? And How?

About the Faculty

Yisrael Neeman has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Rutgers University and an MA in Jewish History from the University of Haifa. He teaches courses at the University of Haifa and the Technion International Schools pertaining to Israel, the Jewish people, and the Middle East focusing on nationalism and Jihad related topics. Over the years he has lectured elsewhere in Israel and abroad.

Neeman has been a professional tour guide since 1985 with an emphasis on educational programming. He was local council chairman of the Eshhar Community Village for twelve years where he lives with his wife Susan. His recent book Hamas Jihad was published by White Hart Publications and is available on Amazon.

Course Credits

Academic hours: 28
Optional academic credits: 2

Course Dates

March 4 – April 15, 2024

Application Deadline:

March 1, 2024

Course Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays: 18:00-19:30 Israel Time (11-12:30 am EST)

This course will be taught via Zoom.


The course is open to all applicants ages 18 and older. No prior knowledge is required.


Application fee: US $80

Course tuition: US $200

Course tuition for academic credit (optional): an additional US $240