Religion or Ethnicity?
Jewish Identities in Evolution
By (author) Zvi Y. Gitelman
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Religion or Ethnicity? by Zvi Y. Gitelman
Book DescriptionCan someone be considered Jewish if he or she never goes to synagogue, doesn't keep kosher, and for whom the only connection to his or her ancestral past is attending an annual Passover seder? In Religion or Ethnicity? sixteen leading scholars trace the evolution of Jewish identity. The book examines Judaism from the Greco-Roman age, through medieval times, modern western and eastern Europe, to today. Jewish identity has been defined as an ethnicity, a nation, a culture, and even a race. Religion or Ethnicity? questions what it means to be Jewish. The contributors show how the Jewish people have evolved over time in different ethnic, religious, and political movements. In his closing essay, Gitelman questions the viability of secular Jewishness outside Israel but suggests that the continued interest in exploring the relationship between Judaism's secular and religious forms will keep the heritage alive for generations to come.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813544519
(235mm x 160mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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This exploration of the Jewish political tradition elucidates a long, rich and diverse experience of both sovereignty and dispersed statelessness, holding insights for anyone interested in comparative and ethnic politics, Jewish history, and the prehistory of contemporary Israeli politics.
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