Stephen Sharot, Professor of Sociology at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, stresses differences between traditional Jewries, in contrast to Katz's emphasis on their uniformity. Sharot compares four major Jewish culture-areas: China, India, the Islamic Middle East, and Christian Europe. The comparison deals with the degree of socio-cultural openness, as opposed to closure, which these Jewries exhibited towards their respective Gentile environments. The Jews in India and China were the most open to Gentile influence, while those in premodern Europe were the least open, and Jews under Islam stood between these two poles. The differences are explained by characteristics of the hostsocieties. We have omitted the European material from this edited version of the study.
|Title of host publication||Jews among Muslims|
|Subtitle of host publication||Communities in the Precolonial Middle East|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - 7 Jan 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)