In this Book

summary
In Comparative Perspectives on Judaisms and Jewish Identities author Stephen Sharot uses his work published in journals and collected volumes over the past thirty-five years to examine a range of Jewish communities across both time and geography. Sharot’s sociological analyses consider religious developments and identities in diverse Jewish communities from Imperial China and Renaissance Italy to contemporary Israel and the United States. As Sharot examines these groups, other religions enter into the discussion as well, not only as major elements in the environments of Jewish communities but also with respect to certain religious phenomena that too have been present in Judaism. The book is divided into four parts: the first compares religious developments in pre-modern and early modern Jewish communities; the second focuses on Jewish religious movements, especially messianic-millennial and antinomian, in the pre-modern and early modern period; the third examines Jewish religious and ethnic identities in the modern period; and the fourth relates developments in Judaism in the modern period to theoretical debates on secularization, fundamentalism, and public religion in the sociology of religion. The afterword sums up the findings of the previous sections and compares the boundaries and boundary shifts among Jewish communities. As the plural “Judaisms” in the title indicates, Sharot discusses extensive differences in the religious characteristics between Jewish communities. Scholars of religion and sociology will appreciate this informative and fascinating volume.

Table of Contents

restricted access Download Full Book
  1. Cover
  2. p. c
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Half-title
  2. pp. i-ii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Title
  2. p. iii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part 1: Wide Comparisons, Within and Without
  1. Introduction to Part 1
  2. pp. 3-9
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 1. Religious Syncretism and Religious Distinctiveness
  2. pp. 10-41
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 2. The Kaifeng Jews: A Reconsideration of Their Acculturation and Assimilation in a Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 42-57
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 3. Elite Religion and Popular Religion: The Example of Saints
  2. pp. 58-79
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Afterword to Part 1
  2. pp. 80-82
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part 2: Religious Movements
  1. Introduction to Part 2
  2. pp. 85-90
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 4. Jewish Millenarian-Messianic Movements: Comparisons of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Italian Jews
  2. pp. 91-104
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 5. Millenarianism Among Conversos (New Christians) and Former Conversos (Returnees to Judaism)
  2. pp. 105-122
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 6. The Sacredness of Sin: Antinomianism and Models of Man
  2. pp. 123-138
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Afterword to Part 2
  2. pp. 139-142
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part 3: Jewish Identities
  1. Introduction to Part 3
  2. pp. 145-150
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 7. Formulations of Ethnicity and Religion Regarding American Jews in the Writings of American Sociologists
  2. pp. 151-166
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 8. Judaism and Jewish Ethnicity: Changing Interrelationships and Differentiations in the Diaspora and Israel
  2. pp. 167-182
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 9. Jewish and Other National and Ethnic Identities of Israeli Jews
  2. pp. 183-196
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Afterword to Part 3
  2. pp. 197-198
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Part 4: Judaism in the Sociology of Religion
  1. Introduction to Part 4
  2. pp. 201-205
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 10. Secularization, Neotraditionalism, Polarization
  2. pp. 206-231
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. 11. Public Religion, Privatization, and Deprivatization in Israel
  2. pp. 232-252
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Afterword to Part 4
  2. pp. 253-256
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. A Final Afterword—Boundaries: Comparisons and Shifts
  2. pp. 257-262
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-312
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-318
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
  1. Backcover
  2. p. bc
  3. restricted access
    • Download PDF Download
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.