Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel: Life History, Politics, and Culture

Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel: Life History, Politics, and Culture

by Ruth Kark
     
 

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This fascinating interdisciplinary collection of essays brings gender issues to the foreground in order to redress a profound imbalance in the historiography of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and in the early years of the State of Israel. Although male discourse still dominates this field, some initial studies have begun to create an authentic and

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This fascinating interdisciplinary collection of essays brings gender issues to the foreground in order to redress a profound imbalance in the historiography of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and in the early years of the State of Israel. Although male discourse still dominates this field, some initial studies have begun to create an authentic and multifaceted Hebrew-Israeli voice by examining the activities and contributions of women.

This research has led to a number of basic questions: What was the reality of life for women in Jewish society in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel), and in the early years of the State? What was the contribution of women to the renewal of Israeli society and culture? What is the place of gender perceptions in the study of the new local identity? The original articles in this anthology forge an innovative response to one or more of these questions, and reflecting the state of research in the field.

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"This is a valuable resource for academic libraries supporting women's studies, gender studies, and Jewish studies programs."—Jewish Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584658085
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Series:
HBI Series on Jewish Women
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

Yaakov Ariel
“Scholars, students and readers interested in the history of the Yishuv and women studies will welcome the appearance of this new excellent collection of essays. Ruth Kark, Margalit Shiloh and Galit Hasan-Rokem have done an excellent editorial work, compiling a rich collection that brings together some the most updated research on the role of women in Pre-state Jewish society.”
Dr. Nora Gold
“This is a fascinating, well-researched, and intellectually challenging book which prompts a complete rethinking of many long-held ‘truths’ about a crucial period in Zionist history. It testifies beyond doubt to the central role played by women in the development of the Yishuv, and therefore makes a very important contribution to the scholarship in this area. At the same time, this remarkable book is also accessible (and even a compelling read) for all lay people interested in this topic. A most impressive accomplishment.”
Yaakov Ariel
"Scholars, students and readers interested in the history of the Yishuv and women studies will welcome the appearance of this new excellent collection of essays. Ruth Kark, Margalit Shiloh and Galit Hasan-Rokem have done an excellent editorial work, compiling a rich collection that brings together some the most updated research on the role of women in Pre-state Jewish society."
Yaakov Ariel, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina

Meet the Author

RUTH KARK, Professor of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has published extensively on the historical geography of the Middle East and Palestine/Israel. MARGALIT SHILO is Associate Professor in the Martin (Szusz) Department of The Land of Israel Studies and Archeology at Bar Ilan University. GALIT HASAN-ROKEM is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at the Departments of Hebrew Literature & Jewish and Comparative Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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