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Orientalism and the Jews
Edited by Ivan Davidson Kalmar and Derek Penslar
A stunning example of the productive engagement of Jewish history with postcolonial studies.
—American Historical Review
—Middle East Quarterly
Inspired by Edward Said’s Orientalism, the 12 contributors to this book analyze from anthropological, cultural, historical, literary and religious perspectives how Jews fit into the Western imagining of the Orient, both intellectually and popularly.
—Journal of Palestine Studies
De Haan’s Orientalism did not provide a way out for the Jews of Palestine since, among other things, it made no allowance for the Arabs’ legitimate aspirations for independence from the British. But Zionist Occidentalism has not provided a way out either. Rather than siding with the East or the West, perhaps the real aim should be to rise above both.
IVAN DAVIDSON KALMAR is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His publications include The Trotskys, Freuds, and Woody Allens: Portrait of a Culture (1994). DEREK J. PENSLAR is Zacks Professor of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Toronto. His most recent publication is Shylock’s Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe (2001).