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Comparative Perspectives on Judaisms and Jewish Identities - Stephen Sharot

Comparative Perspectives on Judaisms and Jewish Identities

Paperback Published: 2nd November 2010
ISBN: 9780814334010
Number Of Pages: 317

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In Comparative Perspectives on Judaisms and Jewish Identities author Stephen Sharot uses his work published in journals and collected volumes over the past thirty-five years to examine a range of Jewish communities across both time and geography. Sharot’s sociological analyses consider religious developments and identities in diverse Jewish communities from Imperial China and Renaissance Italy to contemporary Israel and the United States. As Sharot examines these groups, other religions enter into the discussion as well, not only as major elements in the environments of Jewish communities but also with respect to certain religious phenomena that too have been present in Judaism.

The book is divided into four parts: the first compares religious developments in pre-modern and early modern Jewish communities; the second focuses on Jewish religious movements, especially messianic-millennial and antinomian, in the pre-modern and early modern period; the third examines Jewish religious and ethnic identities in the modern period; and the fourth relates developments in Judaism in the modern period to theoretical debates on secularization, fundamentalism, and public religion in the sociology of religion. The afterword sums up the findings of the previous sections and compares the boundaries and boundary shifts among Jewish communities.

As the plural "Judaisms" in the title indicates, Sharot discusses extensive differences in the religious characteristics between Jewish communities. Scholars of religion and sociology will appreciate this informative and fascinating volume.

Prefacep. ix
Wide Comparisons, Within and Without
Introduction to Part 1p. 3
Religious Syncretism and Religious Distinctivenessp. 10
The Kaifeng Jews: A Reconsideration of Their Acculturation and Assimilation in a Comparative Perspectivep. 42
Elite Religion and Popular Religion: The Example of Saintsp. 58
Afterword to Part 1p. 80
Religious Movements
Introduction to Part 2p. 85
Jewish Millenarian-Messianic Movements: Comparisons of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Italian Jewsp. 91
Millenarianism Among Conversos (New Christians) and Former Conversos (Returnees to Judaism)p. 105
The Sacredness of Sin: Antinomianism and Models of Manp. 123
Afterword to Part 2p. 139
Jewish Identities
Introduction to Part 3p. 145
Formulations of Ethnicity and Religion Regarding American Jews in the Writings of American Sociologistsp. 151
Judaism and Jewish Ethnicity: Changing Interrelationships and Differentiations in the Diaspora and Israelp. 167
Jewish and Other National and Ethnic Identities of Israeli Jewsp. 183
Afterword to Part 3p. 197
Judaism in the Sociology of Religion
Introduction to Part 4p. 201
Secularization, Neotraditionalism, Polarizationp. 206
Public Religion, Privatization, and Deprivatization in Israelp. 232
Afterword to Part 4p. 253
A Final Afterword-Boundaries: Comparisons and Shiftsp. 257
Notesp. 263
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780814334010
ISBN-10: 0814334016
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 2nd November 2010
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.78  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.68