Abstract

This article examines the ways Zionist aspirations towards women, womanhood, and ethnicity materialized in the pre-state era, focusing on the Queen Esther contest as an example. I maintain that selecting Yemenite women as "queens" enhanced the Zionist agenda and promoted its ideals while at the same time instilling and preserving the Yemenite ethnic identity. Furthermore, granting Yemenite women this symbolic pedestal—on which they were enshrined as biblical beauties—inspired the women, wittingly or unwittingly, to collaborate with the Zionist movement.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1565-5288
Print ISSN
0793-8934
Pages
pp. 142-163
Launched on MUSE
2006-06-27
Open Access
No
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