Theocratic Democracy and Cultural Conflicts: Puzzles and Solutions

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

in Theocratic Democracy

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734863
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895090 | DOI:
Theocratic Democracy and Cultural Conflicts: Puzzles and Solutions

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Democracy and theocracy seem to be two opposing forms of government. However, modern states need to cope with seculars who want to live within a democracy and fundamentalist religious people who want to live in a theocracy. A delicate and inherently unstable political structure that is characterized as a “theocratic democracy” can provide a political umbrella under which these two types of people can live together. Within this situation the puzzle that this book addresses is presented, in its historical and social context: what is and how can we explain Haredi (ultra Orthodox) patterns of deviance between 1948-1998. The chapter contextualizes these patterns within processes of social change and social stability and argues that Haredi activists use violence to push Israel towards a theocracy.

Keywords: deviance; Haredi; Israel; theocratic democracy

Chapter.  3646 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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