Jewish acculturation in premodern societies

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJews among Muslims
Subtitle of host publicationCommunities in the Precolonial Middle East
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781349248636
ISBN (Print)9780333626559
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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