Unimaginable Futures

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI:
Unimaginable Futures

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This chapter explores the constraints on imagining a more peaceful future that can result from the limits of territorial nationalism. It considers alternative ideas for living in Israel/Palestine found among religiously motivated settlers, followers of the mystical teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. Such alternative ideas have remained on the margins of social science and politics, kept at bay through their characterization as irrational or crazy. At the same time, some of these ideas may not be counted since they do not fall into the categories of either secular liberalism or fundamentalist religiosity. This chapter looks at a faith-based call to return to the Land among some religious settlers that moves beyond ideas of citizenship founded in nineteenth-century notions of nationalism, an approach that calls into question the notion of sovereign citizenship so basic to modern democracies.

Keywords: citizenship; nationalism; A. I. Kook; mystical; Judaism; religious settlers; secular liberalism; fundamentalist religiosity; peace

Chapter.  6286 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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