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African Studies in Israel


The Inter-University BA program in African studies is a study program based on the collaborative efforts of three Israeli universities: Ben-Gurion University, Tel Aviv University and The Open University. The program includes a wide variety of African Studies courses from a range of historical, political, geographical, cultural and religious perspectives. Students gain a broad base of knowledge on Africa, and develop analytical and research skills for studying African cultures and societies.

The African Studies program is taught in Hebrew.

Website of the program (in Hebrew)

Courses and Lecturers for the 2013-14 academic year:

  • Introduction to African Studies, Dr. Ella Keren
  • Europe Overseas, Dr. Ruth Ginio
  • Central Themes in Pre-Colonial African History, Mr. Guy Roufe
  • Traditional VS Western Medicine in Africa, Dr. Uri Schwartzman
  • Poverty and Development, Dr. Yael Abessira
  • Africa and Activism, Dr. Yael Abessira
  • Black and White in Colors: Africa in Films. Dr. Ella Keren
  • Post Colonial Politics in Africa, Dr. Ella Keren
  • Africa in the colonial period, Dr. Guy Roufe
  • From Exclusion to Recognition: Issues in the Research of Muslim Societies in the Horn of Africa, Dr. Avishai Ben-Dror
  • Religious and Political History of Ethiopia, Dr. Leonardo Cohen
  • African Art: Traditional creations, Dr. David Goss
  • African Art: Modern and Contemporary, Dr. David Goss 
  • Mission Movements in Africa: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Dr. Leonardo Cohen
  • Paris-Dakar: Colonial Rule and Cultural Encounters in Senegal, Dr. Ruth Ginio
  • The Novel in Africa, Dr. Eitan Bar-Yosef
  • Humanitarianism in Question, Dr. Michal Givoni
  • Introduction to economic history of Africa, Dr. Reut Barak
  • Economic development in Africa: challenges and successes, Dr. Reut Barak
  • Health, Illness and Medicine in the African Cotext, Prof. Zvi Bentwich and Dr. Anita Nudelman 
  • Considerations on Primary Sources for the Study of Ethiopian History, Dr. Leonardo Cohen
  • Internship in Community Development Work
  • The Emergence of New States in Africa
  • Ethiopia: Christianity, Islam, Judaism
  • Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa in International Relations
  • Africa Between Democracy and Dictatorship
  • European Colonialism: Theory, Practice and Resistance
  • Islam: Introduction to the History of the Religion
  • People, Society and Economy in Contemporary Middle East
  • The Human Commodity: Slavery and Slave Trade in and from Africa
  • For a list of previously offered courses: click here »


*Note- courses are subject to change every academic year.

Students participating in the program have the opportunity to study in any of the four participating institutions. Through this collaboration, students are exposed to a rich and varied program of study and can benefit from the many resources each university has to offer.

The center of the program is at Ben-Gurion University.  Ben Gurion University also offers a minor in African Studies for BGU students only.

Note: A list of previously offered courses can be found here.


Tel –Aviv University

  • Introduction to the History of Africa, Prof. Galia Sabar
  • Introduction to the History of the Arabs and Islam, Dr. Leah Kinberg
  • Exercise in the History of Africa, Ms. Hadas Sofer-Shabtai
  • Introduction to North Africa, Dr. Irit Beck
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Dr. Hadas Yaron
  • The Horn of Africa and the Middle East, Dr. Irit Beck
  • Between Africa and Israel: Issues Issues related to labor migration and forced migration, Prop. Galia Sabar
  • Six Feet Under: Death in Muslim Societies, Dr. Miri Shefer
  • Critical Anthropology of Development in Africa, Dr. Yael Abessira
  • The Nile Basin: Religions, Cultures, Politics, Dr. Avishai Ben-Dror
  • Women & National Movements in the Middle East and Africa, Dr. Irit Beck
  • Spoken Amharic, Dr. Anbasa Tapra
  • Amharic for Advanced Students, Dr. Anbasa Tapra
  • Language and Society in Ethiopia, Dr. Anbasa Tapra
  • Ghez for Beginners, Dr. Anbasa Tapra
  • Ethiopia and its Languages, Dr. Anbasa Tapra
  • History of Christianity: 1350-2009, Prop. David Katz
  • Africa Through the Cinematic Vens, Prof. Galia Sabar
  • Between Migrants Witches and Noble Laureates-  Central Issues in Contemporary Africa, Prof. Galia Sabar
  • African scholars reading African Literature – Between A Man of the People and Three Strong Ladies, Prof. Galia Sabar
  • Africa Forum, Prof. Galia Sabar
  • Tourism in Africa: Oppretunities & Challenges in Local sustainable development, Mr. Eran Keter
  • Toni Morrison: a Monograph, Dr. Smadar Shiffman
  • Dual minority: Black Women Writers, Dr. Smadar Shiffman
  • Ethiopia and its Images, Dr. Ran HaCohen
  • Ethiopian Jewry Between Segregation Gettoization, Dr. Sharon Shalom
  • Between Jewish and African slaveries: a comparative study of the institution of slavery, Dr. Youval Rotman
  • For a list of previously offered courses click here »

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