The Zionist return to the West and the Mizrahi Jewish perspective

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The orientalist paradigm is essential for the analysis of modern discourse by and about Jews. Employing the concept of orientalism in order to link Judaism and postcolonial studies enriches both fields and generates new perspectives, challenging the dichotomies upon which modern consciousness has been based. It also adds a new dimension to critical Jewish attitudes toward modern European perceptions of culture and history.
The “secularization” of Jewish discourse, that is the attempt to distinguish it from Christian-Jewish polemics, was its reformulation in Orientalist terms. From the Enlightenment onward, the discussion of the civil status of the Jews has been formulated...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrientalism and the Jews
Editors Ivan Davidson Kalmar, Jonathan Derek
PublisherBrandeis University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781684580606
ISBN (Print)9781584654117
StatePublished - 2005


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