Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives

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Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." Thought to be vanquished after the horrors of the Holocaust, in recent decades it has once again become a disturbing presence in many parts of the world. Resurgent Antisemitism presents original research that elucidates the social, intellectual, and ideological roots of the "new" antisemitism and the place it has come to occupy in the public sphere. By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its ...

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Overview

Dating back millennia, antisemitism has been called "the longest hatred." Thought to be vanquished after the horrors of the Holocaust, in recent decades it has once again become a disturbing presence in many parts of the world. Resurgent Antisemitism presents original research that elucidates the social, intellectual, and ideological roots of the "new" antisemitism and the place it has come to occupy in the public sphere. By exploring the sources, goals, and consequences of today's antisemitism and its relationship to the past, the book contributes to an understanding of this phenomenon that may help diminish its appeal and mitigate its more harmful effects.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

"Resurgent Antisemitism is a key text that helps to frame the intellectual debates now developing in the field of Antisemitism Studies and as such it has the potential to help move the field forward intellectually, something which is indeed crucial at this moment in time." —Scholars for Peace in the Middle East

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

"Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives helps to frame the debates now current in the field of Antisemitism Studies. As such, the book moves the field forward at a crucial time in its development." —Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Jewish Post & Opinion

"The editor has culled articles from outstanding, thorough and sophisticated scholars representing diverse disciplines. The result is a brilliantly nuanced geographical and ideological atlas which
analyzes the coordinates of antisemitism in its malevolent tentacles all over the world. The breadth of the inquiry is astonishing..." —Jewish Post & Opinion

National Catholic Reporter

"This new book... comes as a bright flare of warning about the renewal of the ancient hatred of Jews... Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in wiping out European Jewry. Today his goal has gone global." —National Catholic Reporter

ForeWord Reviews

"Despite its more than 500 pages, the book’s many subjects and perspectives ensure it never ceases to be interesting, and it does an outstanding job of describing the chilling diversity of anti-Semitism today." —ForeWord Reviews

Catherine D. Chatterley

"Indispensable to our understanding of contemporary antisemitism and how these new variations are informed and empowered by classical themes... a key text that helps to frame the intellectual debates now developing in the new field of Antisemitism Studies." —Catherine D. Chatterley, author of Disenchantment: George Steiner and the Meaning of Western Culture after Auschwitz

Maurice Samuels

"Extremely interesting, timely, well researched, and well argued... the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of a very important and deeply troubling issue." —Maurice Samuels, Yale University

Brandeis Brief

"More than an excellent survey, Resurgent Antisemitism heralds the emergence of an international study of anti-Semitism, replete with both grand established figures and emerging young stars." —Brandeis Brief

Jerusalem Post Magazine

"Resurgent Antisemitism is an important study and includes numerous interesting voices, not merely academics, but also activists and writers. It is important to continue researching the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The question is whether much of the research is sinking in among the states where progressive governments can use texts like this to combat this phenomenon." —Jerusalem Post Magazine

From the Publisher
"The editor has culled articles from outstanding, thorough and sophisticated scholars representing diverse disciplines. The result is a brilliantly nuanced geographical and ideological atlas which
analyzes the coordinates of antisemitism in its malevolent tentacles all over the world. The breadth of the inquiry is astonishing..." —Jewish Post & Opinion
Library Journal
Editor Rosenfeld (director, Inst. for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana Univ.; A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature) is the author of only the last and most disturbing of the 19 scholarly pieces included here. They all began as papers submitted to the inaugural conference at his institute. Scholars from a dozen countries examine the growth of contemporary anti-Semitism in Spain, Norway, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Iran, and the former Soviet Union, and delineate the roots and branches of hatred of Jews in the Arab states and among young European Muslims. They also describe the efforts of left and right intellectuals and academics to disguise or excuse anti-Semitism as anti-Zionism. The authors focus attention on what they consider to be a dangerous 21st-century expansion of the expression and acceptance of anti-Semitism in the world. Rosenfeld's concluding essay raises the possibility that current anti-Semitism may produce results similar to last century's. VERDICT The authors make their case for paying closer attention to contemporary expressions of anti-Semitism. Interested academic and general readers will want to do so through this book.—Joel Neuberg, Santa Rosa Junior Coll. Lib., CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253008787
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 6/19/2013
  • Series: Studies in Antisemitism Series
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 785,041
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin H. Rosenfeld holds the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies and is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University Bloomington. He is author of A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature, Imagining Hitler, and The End of the Holocaust, all published by IU Press.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction Alvin H. Rosenfeld
1 Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and the Rhetorical Manipulation of Reality Bernard Harrison
2 Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism as a Moral Question Elhanan Yakira
3 Manisfestations of Antisemitism in British Cultural and Intellectual Life Paul Bogdanor
4 Between Old and New Antisemitism: The Image of Jews in Present-day Spain Alejandro Baer
5 Antisemitism Redux: On Literary and Theoretical Perversions Bruno Chaouat
6 Anti-Zionism and the Resurgence of Antisemitism in Norway Eirik Eiglad
7 Antisemitism Redivivus: The Rising Ghosts of a Calamitous Inheritance in Hungary and Romania Szilvia Peremiczky
8 Comparative and Competitive Victimization in the Post-Communist Sphere Zvi Gitelman
9 The Catholic Church, Radio Maryja, and the Question of Antisemitism in Poland Anna Sommer Schneider
10 Antisemitism among Young European Muslims Gunther Jikeli
11 The Banalisation of Hate: Antisemitism in Contemporary Turkey Rifat Bali
12 Antisemitism’s Permutations in the Islamic Republic of Iran Jamsheed Choksy
13 The Israeli Scene – Political Criticism and the Politics of Anti-Zionism Ilan Avisar
14 The Roots of Antisemitism in the Middle East: New Debates Matthias Küntzel
15 Anti-Zionist Connections: Communism, Radical Islam, and the Left Robert Wistrich
16 Present-day Antisemitism and the Centrality of the Jewish Alibi Emanuele Ottolenghi
17 Holocaust Denial and the Image of the Jew or: "They Boycott Auschwitz as an Israeli Product" Dina Porat
18 Identity Politics, the Pursuit of Social Justice, and the Rise of Campus Antisemitism: A Case Study Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
19 The End of the Holocaust and the Beginnings of a New Antisemitism Alvin Rosenfeld
List of contributors
Index

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