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At the turn of the twenty-first century, in spite of growing globalization there remains in the world a split between the West and the rest. The manner in which this split has been imagined and represented in Western civilization has been the subject of intense cross-disciplinary scrutiny, much of it under the rubric of “orientalism.” This debate, sparked by the 1978 publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism identifies the “Orient” as the Islamic world and to a lesser extent Hindu India. “Orientalism” signifies the way the West imagined this terrain. Going beyond Said’s framework, in their introduction to the volume, Kalmar and Penslar argue that orientalism is based on the Christian West’s attempts to understand and manage its relations with both of its monotheistic Others—Muslims and Jews. According to the editors, Jews have almost always been present whenever occidentals talked about or imagined the East; and the Western image of the Muslim Orient has been formed and continues to be formed in inextricable conjunction with Western perceptions of the Jewish people. Bringing together essays by an array of international scholars in a wide range of disciplines, Orientalism and the Jews demonstrates that, since the Middle Ages, Jews have been seen in the Western world as both occidental and oriental. Jews formed the model for medieval depictions of Muslim warriors. Representations of biblical Jews in early modern Europe provided essential sustenance for Western fictions about the Muslim world. And many of the Western protagonists of imperialism “discovered” real or imaginary Jews wherever their expeditions took them. Today orientalist attitudes by Israelis target not only Arabs but also the mizrahi (“oriental”) Israelis with roots in the Arab world as Others.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title, Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Orientalism and the Jews: An Introduction
  2. Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek J. Penslar
  3. pp. xiii-xlii
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  1. 1. Jesus Did Not Wear a Turban: Orientalism, the Jews, and Christian Art
  2. Ivan Davidson Kalmar
  3. pp. 3-31
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  1. 2. Placing the Jews in Late Medieval English Literature
  2. Suzanne Conklin Akbari
  3. pp. 32-50
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  1. 3. The Use of the Jew in Colonial Discourse
  2. Tudor Parfitt
  3. pp. 51-67
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  1. 4. The "Kaifeng Jew" Hoax: Constructing the "Chinese Jew"
  2. Zhou Xun
  3. pp. 68-79
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  1. 5. Orientalism and the Jewish Historical Gaze
  2. John M. Efron
  3. pp. 80-93
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  1. 6. To Pray Like a Dervish: Orientalist Discourse in Arnold Zweig's The Face of East European Jewry
  2. Noah Isenberg
  3. pp. 94-108
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  1. 7. Rejecting Zion, Embracing the Orient: The Life and Death of Jacob Israel De Haan
  2. Michael Berkowitz
  3. pp. 109-124
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  1. 8. Between East and West: Zionist Revisionism as a Mediterranean Ideology
  2. Eran Kaplan
  3. pp. 125-141
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  1. 9. Orientalism and Jewish National Art: The Case of Bezalel
  2. Dalia Manor
  3. pp. 142-161
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  1. 10. The Zionist Return to the West and the Mizrahi Jewish Perspective
  2. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin
  3. pp. 162-181
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  1. 11. Broadcast Orientalism: Representations of Mizrahi Jewry in Israeli Radio, 1948-1967
  2. Derek J. Penslar
  3. pp. 182-200
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  1. 12. "We're Not Jews": Imagining Jewish History and Jewish Bodies in Contemporary Multicultural Literature
  2. Sander L. Gilman
  3. pp. 201-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-266
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 267-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-285
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ISBN
9781684580606
Related ISBN(s)
9781584654100, 9781584654117
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OCLC
1273306385
Pages
325
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-27
Language
English
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