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Secularism in question : Jews and Judaism in modern times / edited by Ari Joskowicz and Ethan Katz.

Contributor(s): Katz, Ethan [editor,, author.] | Joskowicz, Ari [editor.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Jewish culture and contexts.Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2015]Description: 1 online resource (pages cm).Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780812291513; 0812291514.Subject(s): Religion and sociology | Judaism and secularism -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Secularism in question.DDC classification: 296.09/03 LOC classification: BM538.S43 | S43 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Rethinking Jews and secularism / Ari Joskowicz and Ethan Katz -- "Our Rabbi Baruch" : Spinoza and radical Jewish enlightenment / Daniel B. Schwartz -- Reading Mendelssohn in late Ottoman Palestine : an Islamic theory of Jewish secularism / Jonathan Marc Gribetz -- Tradition and the hidden: Hannah Arendt's secularization of Jewish mysticism / Vivian Liska -- Messianism without messiah : messianism, religion, and secularization in modern Jewish thought / Christoph Schulte -- In the name of the devil : reading Walter Benjamin's "Agesilaus Santander" / Galili Shahar -- The secular and its dissonances in modern Jewish literature / Michal Ben-Horin -- Civil society, secularization, and modernity among Jews in turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe / Scott Ury -- Secular French nationhood and its discontents : Jews as Muslims and religion as race in occupied France / Ethan Katz -- Galician Haskalah and the discourse of Schwärmerei / Rachel Manekin -- Secularism and neo-orthodoxy : conflicting strategies in Modern Orthodox fiction / Eva Lezzi -- Secularism and nationalism : the modern halakhic discourse on the identity and boundaries of the Jewish community / Arye Edrei -- Between supersessionism and atavism : toward a neo-secular view of religion / David N. Myers -- Secularism, the Christian ambivalence toward the Jews, and the notion of exile / Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin -- "Eleven calendars" : beyond secular time / Andrea Schatz.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Rethinking Jews and secularism / Ari Joskowicz and Ethan Katz -- "Our Rabbi Baruch" : Spinoza and radical Jewish enlightenment / Daniel B. Schwartz -- Reading Mendelssohn in late Ottoman Palestine : an Islamic theory of Jewish secularism / Jonathan Marc Gribetz -- Tradition and the hidden: Hannah Arendt's secularization of Jewish mysticism / Vivian Liska -- Messianism without messiah : messianism, religion, and secularization in modern Jewish thought / Christoph Schulte -- In the name of the devil : reading Walter Benjamin's "Agesilaus Santander" / Galili Shahar -- The secular and its dissonances in modern Jewish literature / Michal Ben-Horin -- Civil society, secularization, and modernity among Jews in turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe / Scott Ury -- Secular French nationhood and its discontents : Jews as Muslims and religion as race in occupied France / Ethan Katz -- Galician Haskalah and the discourse of Schwärmerei / Rachel Manekin -- Secularism and neo-orthodoxy : conflicting strategies in Modern Orthodox fiction / Eva Lezzi -- Secularism and nationalism : the modern halakhic discourse on the identity and boundaries of the Jewish community / Arye Edrei -- Between supersessionism and atavism : toward a neo-secular view of religion / David N. Myers -- Secularism, the Christian ambivalence toward the Jews, and the notion of exile / Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin -- "Eleven calendars" : beyond secular time / Andrea Schatz.

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CHOICE Review

Secularism has been a crucial factor in the evolution of modern Jewish history. Contributors to the present collection revisit this important subject but do so with the a priori assumption that, to paraphrase a sentence from the editors' introduction, the secular is not the norm but needs to be explained and studied. This reviewer disagrees with this claim and would argue that Jews are not, as a general rule, becoming more religious. The recent Pew study of American Jewry found that 62 percent of their respondents believed that being Jewish was a matter of ancestry and culture not of religious belief, and 32 percent of Jews born since 1980 denied having any religion. Only 15 percent defined themselves by religious beliefs. This said, the individual essays in this collection reveal many unexpected turns in recent Jewish history and culture. Joskowicz (Vanderbilt Univ.) and Katz (Univ. of Cincinnati) organize the 14 essays under four rubrics: "Narrations," which includes essays reevaluating Spinoza, Mendelssohn, and Arendt; "Transformations," which has a particularly good essay on refashioning the concept of Messianism; "Adaptations," which reconsiders Haskalah, Jewish neoorthodoxy, and Jewish nationalism; and "New Conceptions: A Forum," which deals primarily with relations with Christianity. An interesting collection. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. --Steven Theodore Katz, Boston University

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Ari Joskowicz teaches Jewish studies and European studies at Vanderbilt University. He is author of The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France. Ethan B. Katz teaches history at the University of Cincinnati.

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