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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813017235
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Jews and Their Neighbors 1
Retrospect: Then and Now 3
1 Jews and Arabs: Past and Present 7
Claims and Counterclaims 8
The Historical Record 17
The Myth of "Arab Anti-Semitism" 21
Christianity's Inroads 30
Islam and the Jews: Theory and Reality 36
History, Historiography, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy 43
2 Jews and Arabs: The Cultural Heritage 48
A Formative Period 49
Judeo-Arabic: Origins, Influence on Hebrew 57
Four Jewish Philosophers 65
A Literary Transformation 70
Maimonides and His Works 75
3 Europe's Dark Legacy 81
Voluntary and Compulsory Ghettos: Jews as Transients 82
In Russia and Poland: The Ghetto's Lasting Imprint 89
Jews East and West 97
A Tale of Three Emancipated Jews 100
Pt. II Israel as a Middle Eastern Country 109
4 The Deeper Roots of Israel 111
Jews, Arabs, and Semites 111
Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East 116
One Arab's Misconceptions 121
5 Ideology, Politics, and Culture 127
Origins 127
Challenges to Israeli Democracy 132
The Ethnopolitical Cleavage 141
6 A Postnationalist Middle East 151
Pan-Arabism Runs its Course 152
Islam, Democracy, and the Peace Process 162
Israel's Jewish Identity 173
Non-Jewish Israelis and Non-Israeli Jews 183
Prospect: A Changing Israel in a Pluralist Middle East 191
Notes 197
Index 209
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