Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East

Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East

By: John Bunzl (editor), Edward W. Said (foreword_author)Hardback

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Although the ""politicization"" of religion or ""sacrilization"" of politics is not restricted to the Middle East, this phenomenon found its most spectacular expressions in the region. These essays examine, in an original and innovative manner, the complex relation between political and national identity and the three major religions of the contemporary Middle East - Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Although the focus is on Palestinian-Israeli relations, the study is relevant to the entire history of the modern Middle East. The contributors, an international group of scholars from Israel, Palestine, Europe, and the United States, explore common theological and political ground shared by Jews and Muslims, a novel comparative approach that could lead to future dialogue along theological as well as political lines.

About Author

John Bunzl is a member of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, a lecturer at universities in Innsbruck, Vienna, and Salzburg, and the author of nine other books.


Foreword; Adrift in Similarity, by Edward Said; Introduction, by John Bunzl; Part I. On Islam and Judaism, Muslims and Jews; 1. A Religion's Self-Conception of ""Religion""; The Case of Judaism and Islam, by Hans-Michael Hausaig; 2. Islam and Judaism: Cultural Relations and Interaction through the Ages, by Nissim Rejwan; Part II. Negotiating Religions and Identities; 3. National Identity and the Role of the ""Other"" in Existential Conflicts: The Israeli-Palestinian Case, by Herbert Kelman; 4. The Politicization of Muslim-Christian Relations in the Palestinian National Movement, by Helga Baumgarben; Part III. Progressive Potentials within Religious Traditions; 5. Democracy without Secularism? Reflections on the Idea of Islamic Democracy, by Raja Bahlul; 6. Religious Roots of Tolerance with Special Reference to Judaism and Islam, by Adam Seligman; Part IV. On the Use of Religion in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics; 7. Imposed Normalization and Cultural Transgression; Cultural Politics in Egypt and Israel since the 1979 Peace Treaty, by Joal Beinin; 8. Islamic Themes in Palestinian Political Thought, by Alexander Flores; 9. Israel, Religion, and Peace, by Avishai Ehrlich

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  • ISBN13: 9780813027005
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780813027005
  • ISBN10: 0813027004

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