Institute for Humane Studies and Intelligent Sciences
Contact detailsRua dos Freixos 9
Quinta da Marinha
Head of Department/Director
Dr Manuel Duarte de Oliveira
Main research activities
In collaboration with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem the Center for Judaic Studies promotes an understanding of the Judaic pluri-millenar tradition, from an intellectual, spiritual, and cultural point of view, with a particular emphasis on its positive contribution to Human Civilization.
CJS represents an important reference for the general public and young students in particular, through the organization of small seminars and colloquia, expanding on the role of Judaic Cultural Heritage in Europe and the world, in its Historical, Philosophical, Literary, Artistic, Scientific and Spiritual dimensions.
The Program in Judaic Studies offers the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the history, religion, languages, and culture of this dynamic and variegated civilization from Biblical times to the modern day. Jewish society, texts, ideologies and institutions are studied in a comparative perspective in the context of the history and culture of nations among which Jews have lived and created throughout the ages and across the continents.
The major epochs of Jewish history are the biblical period, which includes biblical literature and archeology; the classical period, which includes the literature and history of rabbinic Judaism and its antecedents; the medieval period, which includes Jewish history and literature in Christian and Islamic lands; and the early modern and modern periods, which include the history and literature of Jews and Judaism from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and the impact of different facets of modernization.