Meir Kahane

Meir Kahane

Author: Shaul Magid

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691212661

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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The life and politics of an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survival Meir Kahane came of age amid the radical politics of the counterculture, becoming a militant voice of protest against Jewish liberalism. Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, declaring that Jews must protect themselves by any means necessary. He immigrated to Israel in 1971, where he founded KACH, an ultranationalist and racist political party. He would die by assassination in 1990. Shaul Magid provides an in-depth look at this controversial figure, showing how the postwar American experience shaped his life and political thought. Magid sheds new light on Kahane’s radical political views, his critique of liberalism, and his use of the “grammar of race” as a tool to promote Jewish pride. He discusses Kahane’s theory of violence as a mechanism to assure Jewish safety, and traces how his Zionism evolved from a fervent support of Israel to a belief that the Zionist project had failed. Magid examines how tradition and classical Jewish texts profoundly influenced Kahane’s thought later in life, and argues that Kahane’s enduring legacy lies not in his Israeli career but in the challenge he posed to the liberalism and assimilatory project of the postwar American Jewish establishment. This incisive book shows how Kahane was a quintessentially American figure, one who adopted the radicalism of the militant Left as a tenet of Jewish survival.

Terror in the Mind of God, Fourth Edition

Terror in the Mind of God, Fourth Edition

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520965164

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Why would anybody believe that God could sanction terrorism? Why has the rediscovery of religion’s power in recent years manifested in such a bloody way? What, if anything, can be done about it? Terror in the Mind of God, now in its fourth edition, answers these questions and more. Thoroughly revised and expanded, the book analyzes in detail terrorism related to almost all the world’s major religious traditions: European Christians who oppose Muslim immigrants; American Christians who support abortion clinic bombings and militia actions; Muslims in the Middle East associated with the rise of ISIS, al Qaeda, and Hamas; Israeli Jews who support the persecution of Palestinians; India's Hindus linked to assaults on Muslims in the state of Gujarat and Sikhs identified with the assassination of Indira Gandhi; and Buddhist militants in Myanmar affiliated with anti-Muslim violence and in Japan with the nerve gas attack in Tokyo’s subway. Drawing from extensive personal interviews, Mark Juergensmeyer takes readers into the mindset of those who perpetrate and support violence in the name of religion. Identifying patterns within these cultures of violence, he explains why and how religion and violence are linked and how acts of religious terrorism are undertaken not only for strategic reasons but to accomplish a symbolic purpose. Terror in the Mind of God continues to be an indispensible resource for students of religion and modern society.

Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics

Author: John Woodrow Storey

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576072189

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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Provides a chronology of the interplay between religion and politics, biographical sketches, sociological data, related quotations, a directory of organizations, and other information that focuses on contemporary issues.

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam

Author: David Birnbaum

Publisher: New Paradigm Matrix

ISBN:

Category: Jewish ethics

Page: 606

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This is the second book of the anticipated 10-volume Mesorah Matrix series and is called: Tikun Olam; Repair/Perfect the World: Judaism, Humanism and Transcendence. Mesorah Matrix is a major - and potentially landmark - intellectual-spiritual-philosophical endeavor. The plan well-underway is to publish 10 separate books - each on a very focused Jewish theme - under the Mesorah Matrix umbrella.

Conspiracy Theories in American History

Conspiracy Theories in American History

Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576078129

Category: History

Page: 925

View: 793

The first comprehensive history of conspiracies and conspiracy theories in the United States. * Over 300 A-Z entries on various events, ideas, and persons, as well as crucial supporting and refuting evidence, and competing explanations for the origins, history, and popularity of this mode of political thought * Primary documents from organizations promoting conspiracy theories * Contributions from over 100 international scholars with a full range of historical expertise * Separate section containing about 100 illustrative extracts covering the full range of American history, each with a brief headnote placing it in context

Big Town, Big Time

Big Town, Big Time

Author: Jay Maeder

Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781582610283

Category: History

Page: 222

View: 859

The 100th anniversary of the creation of Greater New York via consolidation of what had previously been dozens of separate communities. These are the greatest moment in New York City history, recreated from the news and picture files of the New York Daily News. From Typhoid Mary to the opening of Yankee Stadium to the unforgettable blackout, it's a time to remember. This 224 page book is a colorful panoply of politics, culture, crime, sports, etc.... The personalities, the events, the flow of time. The Daily News, for so long the eyes and the ears of the city, chronicles the past and brings it back to life in "Big Town Big Time!"

Fundamentalisms and the State

Fundamentalisms and the State

Author: Martin E. Marty

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226508846

Category: Religion

Page: 702

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This third volume of the Fundamentalism Project provides a systematic overview of the advances made by antisecular religious movements over the past twenty-five years. The distinguished contributors to this volume - economists, political scientists, religious historians, social anthropologists, and sociologists - focus on the impact these movements have had on national economies, political parties, constitutional issues, and international relations on five continents and within the religious traditions of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. Do fundamentalisms tend toward political activism, and how successful have they been in remaking political structures? To answer this question and others, the contributors discuss the anti-abortion movement in the U.S., the Islamic war of resistance in Afghanistan, and Shiite jurisprudence in Iran. Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby conclude the volume with a synthetic statement of fundamentalist impact on polities, economies, and state security. The Fundamentalism Project is a monumental undertaking by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that involves an international group of scholars. Taken together, the volumes in this series will become a standard reference for educators and policy analysts for years to come.

Doubting the Devout

Doubting the Devout

Author: Nora L Rubel

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231512589

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Before 1985, depictions of ultra-Orthodox Jews in popular American culture were rare, and if they did appear, in films such as Fiddler on the Roof or within the novels of Chaim Potok, they evoked a nostalgic vision of Old World tradition. Yet the ordination of women into positions of religious leadership and other controversial issues have sparked an increasingly visible and voluble culture war between America's ultra-Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews, one that has found a particularly creative voice in literature, media, and film. Unpacking the work of Allegra Goodman, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Erich Segal, Anne Roiphe, and others, as well as television shows and films such as A Price Above Rubies, Nora L. Rubel investigates the choices non-haredi Jews have made as they represent the character and characters of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In these artistic and aesthetic acts, Rubel recasts the war over gender and family and the anxieties over acculturation, Americanization, and continuity. More than just a study of Jewishness and Jewish self-consciousness, Doubting the Devout will speak to any reader who has struggled to balance religion, family, and culture.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Second Edition

Author: Gus Martin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412980166

Category: Political Science

Page: 721

View: 320

This thoroughly updated edition with expanded coverage explores the impact of terrorism on economics, public health, religion and pop culture, and also includes details of ethical issues and debates relating to terrorism.

Israel

Israel

Author: Ze'ev Shemer

Publisher: Ze'ev Shemer

ISBN: 9781450266604

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 751

"Israel and the Palestinian nightmare" is not only a reliable reference book; it is a captivating description and review of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It offers an honest account of where Israel went wrong, covers facts relating to the origins of the nation of Israel and the profound effect that history has had upon contemporary events. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not a conflict over land nor is it rooted in ancient claims of two peoples to the same small piece of real estate in the Middle East; but rather it is a battle between Judaism and Islam. A battle the Christian world has been touched by but so far timidly involved with. If we understand how the conflict developed, we'll be better prepared to deal with events to come. The claim that a group of people, foreign to the land, wanted to impose their sovereignty through expropriation on another group of people that inhabited that land is nothing but a modern day invention of those who seek to destroy the young Jewish state. Millions of young adults are exposed to the heckling of modern day anti-Semites in almost every college campus and in many 'intellectual' circles; and the obvious bias and Israel-loathing is echoed by most of the international media outlets, rarely encountering opposition. Winston Churchill once said, "the truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." Plenty of historical and archeological evidence proves Israel's historic roots and disproves every Arab claim to the land; and still most public and academic outlets claim that Israel's situation is a simple case of occupation of a foreign land. Ironically they are right. There is an unfair and unnecessary occupation of land but not by the Jews that returned to their homeland, but on the part of the Arab multitude who assumed a fake identity with the sole purpose of destroying the Jewish dream of the rebirth of Israel. "Israel and the Palestinian nightmare" answers some of the toughest questions regarding Israel and the Palestinian people. It takes the reader through an historical timeline that puts many issues into proper perspective. The author has tough words for both Israelis and the Arab world, and the book contains inspiring articles and commentaries by Middle East experts such as Yoram Ettinger, Phyllis Chesler, Paul Eidelberg; as well as thought-provoking observations written by Larry Miller, David Wilder and Shifra Hoffman among others. This book will clarify many of the misconceptions that exist regarding this conflict and it is essential reading for both Jew and gentile alike. "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

The End of Days

The End of Days

Author: Gershom Gorenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195152050

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 663

Focuses on the religious passions that make fundamentalists battle over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and why this sacred site has become a catalyst for potential conflict.