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Diasporas and Exiles

Edited by Howard Wettstein

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228641
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926899 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228641.001.0001
Diasporas and Exiles

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Diaspora, considered as a context for insights into Jewish identity, brings together a lively, interdisciplinary group of scholars in this innovative volume. Readers needn't expect, however, to find easy agreement on what those insights are. The concept “diaspora” itself has proved controversial; galut, the traditional Hebrew expression for the Jews' perennial condition, is better translated as “exile.” The very distinction between diaspora and exile, although difficult to analyze, is important enough to form the basis of several chapters in this collection. “Identity” is an even more elusive concept. The chapters to this volume explore Jewish identity—or, more accurately, Jewish identities—from the mutually illuminating perspectives of anthropology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, German history, philosophy, political theory, and sociology. The chapters bring new emphases to Jewish and cultural studies, as well as the emerging field of diaspora studies. The book mirrors the richness of experience and the attendant virtual impossibility of definition that constitute the challenge of understanding Jewish identity.

Keywords: diaspora; Jewish identity; galut; Hebrew; exile

Book.  300 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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