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Beyond Antagonizing Settlers

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751204
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751204.003.0009
Beyond Antagonizing Settlers

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The case of antagonizing settlers in Israel resonates with the appearance of broader divisions between liberalism and religiosity, in particular with representations of a stark division between Islam and the West. This chapter considers the implications of this study beyond the Israeli context, asking what kinds of questions and challenges it poses for scholarly interventions into contemporary issues of religious/secular conflict. Dalsheim engages with the work of Saba Mahmood, Judith Butler, and Talal Asad, each of whom adresses Western reactions to Muslims or attempts to intervene in their lives, and each of whom is critical of inconsistencies in liberal thought and practice. This chapter argues that applying these theories to the case of Israeli settlers means pondering the implications of a moral imperative to recognize not only currently demonized Muslims but also the implications of recognizing the humanity of currently vilified Jewish settlers.

Keywords: Muslims; Jews; Saba Mahmood; Judith Butler; Talal Asad; Jewish settlers; Islam and the West

Chapter.  7390 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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