Israel's Place in the Middle East: A Pluralist Perspective / Edition 1

Israel's Place in the Middle East: A Pluralist Perspective / Edition 1

by Nissim Rejwan
     
 

1998 National Jewish Book Award winner in which the author argues that the cultural and religious similarities between Arabs and Israelis should be the foundation of lasting peace rather than grounds for permanent opposition. See more details below

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1998 National Jewish Book Award winner in which the author argues that the cultural and religious similarities between Arabs and Israelis should be the foundation of lasting peace rather than grounds for permanent opposition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813017235
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.69(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IThe Jews and Their Neighbors1
Retrospect: Then and Now3
1Jews and Arabs: Past and Present7
Claims and Counterclaims8
The Historical Record17
The Myth of "Arab Anti-Semitism"21
Christianity's Inroads30
Islam and the Jews: Theory and Reality36
History, Historiography, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy43
2Jews and Arabs: The Cultural Heritage48
A Formative Period49
Judeo-Arabic: Origins, Influence on Hebrew57
Four Jewish Philosophers65
A Literary Transformation70
Maimonides and His Works75
3Europe's Dark Legacy81
Voluntary and Compulsory Ghettos: Jews as Transients82
In Russia and Poland: The Ghetto's Lasting Imprint89
Jews East and West97
A Tale of Three Emancipated Jews100
Pt. IIIsrael as a Middle Eastern Country109
4The Deeper Roots of Israel111
Jews, Arabs, and Semites111
Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East116
One Arab's Misconceptions121
5Ideology, Politics, and Culture127
Origins127
Challenges to Israeli Democracy132
The Ethnopolitical Cleavage141
6A Postnationalist Middle East151
Pan-Arabism Runs its Course152
Islam, Democracy, and the Peace Process162
Israel's Jewish Identity173
Non-Jewish Israelis and Non-Israeli Jews183
Prospect: A Changing Israel in a Pluralist Middle East191
Notes197
Index209

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