The Shaping of Israeli Identity

Myth, Memory and Trauma

Author: Robert Wistrich,David Ohana

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135206015

Category: History

Page: 256

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A dozen essays document the evolution of national myths in Israel as the heroic figures and events of independence and survival transmute into blind fanaticism, great-power manipulation, and traditional colonialism and genocide. Without passing any judgement on the changes, they delve into the meani

In Search of Identity

Jewish Aspects in Israeli Culture

Author: Dan Urian,Efraim Karsh

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0714648892

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 6524

Culture has played a focal role in the shaping of Jewish-Israeli national identity. Since the 1950s, Israeli culture has been disintegrating into simultaneous sub-cultures. The contributors discuss the nature and characteristics of this cultural tension and the nature of Jewishness.

Israeli Identity

In Search of a Successor to the Pioneer, Tsabar and Settler

Author: Lilly Weissbrod

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135293864

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

View: 7350

This thoroughly researched book reveals the true identity of the modern Israeli. Israelis are unique in having changed their identity three times in only one hundred years. Written in a user-friendly style, the book will appeal to scholars and students of the Middle East.

The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity

Author: Alexandra Nocke

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047426711

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5852

This book offers new perspectives on Israel’s evolving Mediterranean identity, which centers around the longing to find a "natural" place in the region. It explores Mediterraneanism as reflected in popular music, literature, architecture, and daily life, and analyzes ways in which the notion comprises cultural identity and polical realities.

Israeli and Palestinian Narratives of Conflict

History's Double Helix

Author: Robert I. Rotberg

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253218578

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 525

How historical narratives shape perceptions and actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israeli Identity in Transition

Author: Anita Shapira

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: 9780275976606

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 2698

The last 15 years have witnessed deep changes in Israeli society. The naive solidarity of the early years of statehood has given way to more sophisticated approaches, and the atmosphere of the 1990s was conducive towards critique and open discussion. It was the age of the Oslo Accords, of the large wave of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, economic growth and prosperity, and a concurrent feeling of security and well-being. Israel was fast becoming a postcapitalist society, a junior member of the global village. This newly acquired self-assurance led to openness towards unorthodox views on basic questions of Israeli identity. This book attempts to come to grips with these themes. The complex texture of Israeli society is drawn here by a number of hands, presenting up-to-date approaches, as viewed by experts.

Reading from the Beginning

The Shaping of the Hebrew Psalter

Author: Nancy L. DeClaissé-Walford

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 9780865545670

Category: Religion

Page: 143

View: 2895

"The canonical shape of the Hebrew Bible reveals the footprints of the communities of faith that formed that literature. Nancy deClaisse-Walford explores the process by which the postexilic community selected, appropriated, and shaped various psalms into the Hebrew Psalter. The Psalter, she concludes, tells its own story of the history of ancient Israel and gives its shaping community and subsequent believing communities a rationale for continued existence as a people with God as their king."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Not Quite American?

The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States

Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 1932792058

Category: Religion

Page: 58

View: 6133

In this essay Yvonne Haddad explores the history of immigration and integration of Arab Muslims in the United States and their struggle to legitimate their presence in the face of continuing exclusion based on race, nationalist identity, and religion.

Narrative der Shoah

Repräsentationen der Vergangenheit in Historiographie, Kunst und Politik

Author: Susanne Düwell,Matthias Schmidt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 306

View: 7626


Nietzsche and Jewish Culture

Author: Jacob Golomb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134867263

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

View: 5941

Friedrich Nietzsche occupies a contradictory position in the history of ideas: he came up with the concept of a master race, yet an eminent Jewish scholar like Martin Buber translated his Also sprach Zarathustra into Polish and remained in a lifelong intellectual dialogue with Nietzsche. Sigmund Freud admired his intellectual courage and was not at all reluctant to admit that Nietzsche had anticipated many of his basic ideas. This unique collection of essays explores the reciprocal relationship between Nietzsche and Jewish culture. It is organized in two parts: the first examines Nietzsche's attitudes towards Jews and Judaism; the second Nietzsche's influence on Jewish intellectuals as diverse and as famous as Franz Kafka, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig and Sigmund Freud. Each carefully selected essay explores one aspect of Nietzsche's relation to Judaism and German intellectual history, from Heinrich Heine to Nazism.

Shared Land/Conflicting Identity

Trajectories of Israeli & Palestinian Symbol Use

Author: Robert C. Rowland,David A. Frank

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 0870139495

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 406

View: 8300

Shared Land/Conflicting Identity: Trajectories of Israeli and Palestinian Symbol Use argues that rhetoric, ideology, and myth have played key roles in influencing the development of the 100-year conflict between first the Zionist settlers and the current Israeli people and the Palestinian residents in what is now Israel. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is usually treated as an issue of land and water. While these elements are the core of the conflict, they are heavily influenced by the symbols used by both peoples to describe, understand, and persuade each other. The authors argue that symbolic practices deeply influenced the Oslo Accords, and that the breakthrough in the peace process that led to Oslo could not have occurred without a breakthrough in communication styles. Rowland and Frank develop four crucial ideas on social development: the roles of rhetoric, ideology, and myth; the influence of symbolic factors; specific symbolic factors that played a key role in peace negotiations; and the identification and value of criteria for evaluating symbolic practices in any society.

The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity

Defending/Defining the Nation

Author: D. Waxman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 140398347X

Category: Political Science

Page: 255

View: 1992

This book offers a theoretically-informed analysis of the way in which Israeli national identity has shaped Israel's foreign policy. By linking domestic identity politics to Israeli foreign policy, it reveals how a crisis of Israeli identity inflamed the debate in Israel over the Oslo peace process.

Leben in Israel

Alltag im Ausnahmezustand

Author: Michael Borgstede

Publisher: N.A


Category: Israel

Page: 255

View: 2808


Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition

Author: Mark Leuchter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199659346

Category: History

Page: 159

View: 3997

Leuchter explores the biblical texts revolving around the figure of Samuel, and considers how the authors utilize him as a symbol to address the cultural memories and contemporary politics of their audiences. Samuel's role as a priest, a prophet, a judge, a warrior, a lawgiver and a kingmaker are examined in light of the origins of ancient Israel.

From Catastrophe to Power

The Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel

Author: Idith Zertal

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520921719

Category: Religion

Page: 345

View: 9982

In a book certain to generate controversy and debate, Idith Zertal boldly interprets a much revered chapter in contemporary Jewish and Zionist history: the clandestine immigration to Palestine of Jewish refugees, most of them Holocaust survivors, that was organized by Palestinian Zionists just after World War II. Events that captured the attention of the world, such as the Exodus affair in the summer 1947, are seen here in a strikingly new light. At the center of Zertal's book is the Mossad, a small, unorthodox Zionist organization whose mission beginning in 1938 was to bring Jews to Palestine in order to subvert the British quotas on Jewish immigration. From Catastrophe to Power scrutinizes the Mossad's mode of operation, its ideology and politics, its structure and history, and its collective human profile as never before. Zertal's moving story sweeps across four continents and encompasses a range of political cultures and international forces. But underneath this story another darker and more complex plot unfolds: the special encounter between the Zionist revolutionary collective and the mass of Jewish remnant after the Holocaust. According to Zertal, this psychologically painful yet politically powerful encounter was the Zionists' most effective weapon in their struggle for a sovereign Jewish state. Drawing on primary archival documents and new readings of canonical texts of the period, she analyzes this encounter from all angles—political, social, cultural, and psychological. The outcome is a gripping and troubling human story of a crucial period in Jewish and Israeli history, one that also provides a key to understanding the fundamental tensions between Israel and the Jewish communities and Israel and the world today.

Israeli Identity

Between Orient and Occident

Author: David Tal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134107455

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 2208

For many years before and after the establishment of the state of Israel, the belief that Israel is a western state remained unchallenged. This belief was founded on the predominantly western composition of the pre-statehood Jewish community known as the Yishuv. The relatively homogenous membership of Israeli/Jewish society as it then existed was soon altered with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants from Middle Eastern countries during the early years of statehood. Seeking to retain the western character of the Jewish state, the Israeli government initiated a massive acculturation project aimed at westernizing the newcomers. More recently, scholars and intellectuals began to question the validity and logic of that campaign. With the emergence of new forms of identity, or identities, two central questions emerged: to what extent can we accept the ways in which people define themselves? And on a more fundamental level, what weight should we give to the ways in which people define themselves? This book suggests ways of tackling these questions and provides varying perspectives on identity, put forward by scholars interested in the changing nature of Israeli identity. Their observations and conclusions are not exclusive, but inclusive, suggesting that there cannot be one single Israeli identity, but several. Tackling the issue of identity, this multidisciplinary approach is an important contribution to existing literature and will be invaluable for scholars and students interested in cultural studies, Israel, and the wider Middle East.

The Crypto-Jewish Mashhadis

The Shaping of Religious and Communal Identity in Their Journey from Iran to New York

Author: Hilda Nissimi

Publisher: ISBS

ISBN: 9781845191603

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 8299

"The Mashhadis maintained a double identity - upholding Islam in public while tenaciously holding onto their Jewish identity in secret. The exodus from Mashhad after 1946 relocated the communal centre to Tehran, and later to Israel and after the Khomeini revolution to New York. The relationship between the formation and retention of communal identity and memory practices - with interconnected issues of religion and gender - draws upon existing research on other crypto-faith communities, such as the Judeoconversos, the Moriscos, and the French Protestants, who through the special blend of memory-faith and ethnicity emerged strengthened from their underground period.

The Longman Companion to the Middle East Since 1914

Author: Ritchie Ovendale

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 413

View: 7642

A guide to the history of the modern Middle East. This text explores the foundation of Israel; the Suez crisis; the significance of oil; the Arab-Israeli wars and the peace process; the rise of the revolutionary Islam; the Palestinian issue; the troubles of Lebanon; the Iran-Iraq War; and the Gulf War and its aftermath. There is also a section on the religions and sects of the region. Containing annotated chronologies of key topics and processes, the text also includes notes on treaties, alliances and United Nations Resolutions.