Comparative Perspectives on Judaisms and Jewish Identities.

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Main Author: Sharot, Stephen.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 2010.
Edition:1st ed.
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover
  • Half-title
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Part 1: Wide Comparisons, Within and Without
  • Introduction to Part 1
  • 1. Religious Syncretism and Religious Distinctiveness
  • Dispersal
  • Initial Dispositions and Minority Situations
  • Religious Syncretism and Distinctiveness
  • Environmental Culture and Social Structure
  • China
  • India
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Europe: Ashkenazim
  • Europe: Sephardim
  • Conclusions
  • A Coda: Conceptions of Jewish History and Comparisons
  • 2. The Kaifeng Jews: A Reconsideration of Their Acculturation and Assimilation in a Comparative Perspective
  • Acculturation
  • Chinese Muslims
  • Christians in China
  • Assimilation
  • Conclusion
  • 3. Elite Religion and Popular Religion: The Example of Saints
  • Folk Religion and Thaumaturgy
  • Saints and Judaism
  • Saints and Max Weber
  • The Catholic Church
  • Hinduism and Buddhism
  • Islam and Judaism
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword to Part 1
  • Part 2: Religious Movements
  • Introduction to Part 2
  • 4. Jewish Millenarian-Messianic Movements: Comparisons of Ashkenazim, Sephardim, and Italian Jews
  • Development of Millenarianism and Messianism in Ancient Judaism
  • Instances of Millenarianism in the Medieval Period
  • Explanations
  • Crises and Millenarianism
  • 5. Millenarianism Among Conversos (New Christians) and Former Conversos (Returnees to Judaism)
  • The Background to Converso Millenarianism
  • Former Conversos and the Sabbatai Zvi movement
  • Following Sabbatai Zvi's Conversion to Islam
  • 6. The Sacredness of Sin: Antinomianism and Models of Man
  • Radical Dualism
  • Dual Planes of Existence
  • Immanentism
  • Antinomian Beliefs, Behaviors, and Boundaries
  • Images of Man and Society
  • Coda: Antinomianism and Nihilism
  • Afterword to Part 2
  • Part 3: Jewish Identities
  • Introduction to Part 3.
  • 7. Formulations of Ethnicity and Religion Regarding American Jews in the Writings of American Sociologists
  • Religiosity Symbolizing Ethnicity
  • Gans's Symbolic Ethnicity and Symbolic Religiosity
  • Symbolic Ethnicity and Symbolic Religiosity: Parallels and Differences
  • Ethnic Acculturation and Religious Acculturation
  • Comparisons with Other Ethnic Groups
  • Religiosity and Ethnicity in the Works of Optimists and Pessimists
  • Conclusion
  • 8. Judaism and Jewish Ethnicity: Changing Interrelationships and Differentiations in the Diaspora and Israel
  • Descent Versus Consent
  • Ethnic Versus Religious Identity Among Jews
  • Ethnic Versus Religious Identity Among Jews in the United States
  • Ethnic Versus Religious Identity Among Jews in Europe
  • Ethnic Versus Religious Identity Among Jews in Israel
  • Conclusion
  • 9. Jewish and Other National and Ethnic Identities of Israeli Jews
  • Afterword to Part 3
  • Part 4: Judaism in the Sociology of Religion
  • Introduction to Part 4
  • 10. Secularization, Neotraditionalism, Polarization
  • Secularization and Differences Among Religions
  • Secularization Among Jews: Ethnicity and Patterns of Religiosity
  • Objections to the Secularization Thesis
  • The First Argument: Transition from Practice to Beliefs or Ethics
  • The Second Argument: Redefinition in Nonsupramundane Terms
  • The Third Argument: Alternative Supramundane Forms
  • Diminishing Decline of Religiosity
  • Religiosity in Israel: Stable Distributions and Secular Trends
  • Neotraditionalism: The Haredim
  • Polarization
  • Discussion
  • 11. Public Religion, Privatization, and Deprivatization in Israel
  • Differentiation and Undifferentiation
  • A Jewish State and Its Symbols
  • Socialist Zionism as a "Secular Religion"
  • Compromise and Accommodation: The Ultra-Orthodox,Religious Zionists, and Jews from North Africa and Asia.
  • Privatization and Post-Zionism
  • Conservative and Reform Judaism
  • New Religious Movements
  • Deprivatization and the Religious-Secular Division
  • Religious Zionism: Nationalism and Messianism
  • Politicization of the Haredim
  • Conclusion
  • Afterword to Part 4
  • A Final Afterword-Boundaries: Comparisons and Shifts
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Backcover.