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Space as a Demon and the Demon in the Space: Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Israeli Space in A. B. Yehoshua's Literary Works

Carmela Saranga and Rachel Sharaby

in The Divergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037516.003.0014
Space as a Demon and the Demon in the Space: Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Israeli Space in A. B. Yehoshua's Literary Works

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Perceptions about the legitimate rights of Arabs and Jews in Arabic sources are also found in Hebrew works. This chapter supports this claim by examining the oeuvre of A. B. Yehoshua, one of Israel's most renowned novelists, and exposing his view of modern-day Jewish–Muslim coexistence. Using an innovative approach, it interprets Yehoshua's description of the destinies of the two peoples in Israeli space through different geographies. For instance, Haifa, Yehoshua's current home, symbolizes for him an island of sanity and accommodative multiculturalism. On the other hand, Jerusalem, his place of birth, is the lost paradise, a city divided geographically, socially, and culturally. There, the prevalence of “unhealthy” sentiments of mutual resentment is translated into tensions that threaten to ignite dangerous confrontations.

Keywords: A. B. Yehoshua; novels; Haifa; Jerusalem; geography; space; culture; multiculturalism; interaction

Chapter.  7743 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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