Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the Politics of Definition (1st ed. 2023)

Edited by David Feldman,Marc Volovici

ISBN13: 9783031162657

Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG

Format: Hardback

Published: 27/06/2023

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This book, the first to explore the politics of definitions from an interdisciplinary perspective, encourages readers to reconsider the value and limits of definitions in confronting antisemitism and Islamophobia. In recent years, definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia have become central to the struggle to combat the hostility, harassment and discrimination experienced by Jews and Muslims. Yet these definitions have also provoked fierce controversy: critics have questioned whether they are fit for purpose, or have criticised them as unwelcome attempts to restrict freedom of expression. In this edited collection, historians, social scientists and philosophers reflect on definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia in both the past and the present. Its contributors investigate the different historical contexts which have shaped definitions and examine their different political purposes and meanings, as well as addressing contemporary debates, and identifying ways for us to move beyond our current impasse. This book therefore provides a broad and new perspective from which to comprehend present day minority politics.
1. Introduction; David Feldman and Marc Volovici.- PART I: THE LONG VIEW: 'JEW'/'MUSLIM' AS A SIGNIFIER.- 2. Challenges of 'The Jewish People': Promises and Perils of Collective Identities; Cynthia Baker.- 3. Moorish Blood: Islamophobia, Racism and the Struggle over Spanish History; Fernando Bravo Lopez.- 4. Between Empire and Nation: Attitudes to Islam and Muslims in the Christian Balkans; Fredrick Anscombe.- PART II: THE SHORT VIEW: FRAMING PREJUDICE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.- 5. Wither Philosemitic Europe? Twenty-First Century Judeophobia in Historical Perspective; G. Daniel Cohen.- 6. The Enemy of my Friend is my Enemy: Arab Intellectuals and the Question of Antisemitism; Orit Bashkin.- 7. The Antisemitism Question and the Politics of Israel/Palestine in Cold War America; Douglas Rossinow.- PART III: DEFINITIONS IN THE CONTEMPORARY IDEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE.- 8. Antisemitism and the Emperor's New Clothes: An Analysis of the IHRA Working Definition and the Controversy Surrounding it; Brian Klug.- 9. The Mark of a Fool: Islamophobia and the Politics of Definition; AbdoolKarim Vakil.- 10. Talking about Antisemitism in Germany Today: Auschwitz, BDS and the IHRA; Peter Ulrich.- 11. Does Defining Racism Help Overcome it? Thick Descriptions in Lieu of Thin Definitions; Rebecca Ruth Gould.
  • History: earliest times to present day
  • Judaism
  • Professional & Vocational
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