Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s free online course on Kabbalah received some surprising enrollments, with students registering from countries such as Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. The university explained that the diversity of the students enabled productive online debates to be carried out between people of all backgrounds.
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The Israeli Ben-Gurion University of the Negev said on Wednesday that among the thousands of students who enrolled to its free “Introduction to Kabbalah” online course there were Iranian, Syrian and Saudi citizens. Other students, spanning from about 121 countries, registered from such countries as Indonesia, Turkey and Japan.
Ben-Gurion University explained that the diversity of the enrolled students enabled productive debates to be carried out between people who came from a variety of backgrounds. The course was created as part of an ongoing project to present the Israeli higher education system to the world and make it easily accessible.
“The aim of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Jewish thought to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings,” reads the course description. “The ideas are presented in an accessible manner without jeopardizing the course’s academic rigor.”