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The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy
     

The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy

by Gil Anidjar
 

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Europe and only Europe is the arena that Anidjar (Middle East and Asian languages, Columbia U.) considers as he investigates how the enemy becomes an enemy, and traces the history of that particular enemy that is inscribed within and between the polarized identities of Jew and Arab. Maybe not so much a history, he says, as an account for why no history has been

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Europe and only Europe is the arena that Anidjar (Middle East and Asian languages, Columbia U.) considers as he investigates how the enemy becomes an enemy, and traces the history of that particular enemy that is inscribed within and between the polarized identities of Jew and Arab. Maybe not so much a history, he says, as an account for why no history has been written. He has not indexed his work. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"In this unique, original, and breathtakingly new work, Anidjar follows the figure of the enemy, as it informs arguments in many discursive areas: literature and philosophy to be sure, but also politics, theology, the constructions of race and ethnicity, history, etc. By showing in what ways the figure of the enemy is intertwined with construction of the Jew, the Arab, the Moslem, the Christian, the European, Anidjar continually challenges the reader to rethink concepts of and habitus related to the concept of enemy. Each chapter consists of cogent analyses, an illustration of relations among works and fields, and insightful remarks." —Lawrence R. Schehr,University of Illinois

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804748247
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/03/2003
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Gil Anidjar is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of "Our Place in Al-Andalus": Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (Stanford, 2002).

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