Israel's Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State / Edition 1

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Overview

In Israel's Higher Law, Steven V. Mazie draws on the voices of Israeli citizens to shed new light on the relationship between liberal democracy and religion. By analyzing Israelis' perspectives on a number of divisive issues—including Jewish state symbols, marriage law, public Sabbath observance and funding for religious education—Mazie identifies a rift between Israeli and American understandings of 'separation of religion and state' and a gulf between Jewish and Arab citizens' visions for Israel's religion-state arrangement. Mazie's compelling study offers more valuable insight into these dilemmas than any publication to date and proposes new guidelines for resolving them. Israel's Higher Law is the definitive work on the tensions between religion and democracy in Israel. It is a must-read for anyone interested in politics and Jewish studies.

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Journal Of The Church and State
Based on extensive interviews in 2000 with thirty-one Israelis from various sectors of the society (secular, Religious Zionists, ultra-Orthodox, traditional, and Arabs), Mazie probes how ordinary Israelis see and experience various conflicts between the Judaic religion and the Israeli state. Indeed, Mazie's ample selections from these interviews give the book an engaging, animated tone, which complements nicely the author's theoretical, Rawlsian interests.
Noah Feldman
Israel's Higher Law makes a valuable sociological contribution to the important debate about Israel's status as a Jewish and democratic state. The heart of the book lies in a series of lively interviews with a range of representative Israelis about their own interpretations of the problem. Informative and characteristic, these interviews are the next best thing to actually being on the ground and hearing Israeli voices directly. The method of addressing a problem of political theory through lay interviews is rich and innovative, producing surprising results that subvert more formalist approaches and remind us that political philosophy is alive and well as a popular vernacular practice.
William A. Galston
Can Israel be at once a Jewish and democratic state? Against a background of political theory, history, and constitutional law, Steven Mazie skillfully explores the responses of a wide range of Israelis—secular and religious, Jewish and Arab—to this core question of national identity. The results are complex, often surprising, and always illuminating.
Journal of Church & State
Based on extensive interviews in 2000 with thirty-one Israelis from various sectors of the society (secular, Religious Zionists, ultra-Orthodox, traditional, and Arabs), Mazie probes how ordinary Israelis see and experience various conflicts between the Judaic religion and the Israeli state. Indeed, Mazie's ample selections from these interviews give the book an engaging, animated tone, which complements nicely the author's theoretical, Rawlsian interests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739114858
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,052,759
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven V. Mazie is Assistant Professor of Politics at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan and has taught previously at Bard College, New York University, and the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Foundations Chapter 3 Beyond Separation Chapter 4 The Jewish State Chapter 5 Thirty-One Israelis Part 6 Controversies Among Israeli Jews Chapter 7 Kashrut, Shabbat & Religious Education Chapter 8 Marriage Law Chapter 9 Military Service Part 10 Controversies Between Israeli Arabs and Jews Chapter 11 Symbols Chapter 12 Land Part 13 Conclusions Chapter 14 Lessons from Israel

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