Space and Place in Jewish Studies

Space and Place in Jewish Studies

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Scholars in the humanities have become increasingly interested in questions of how space is produced and perceiveda€”and they have found that this consideration of human geography greatly enriches our understanding of cultural history. This a€œspatial turna€ equally has the potential to revolutionize Jewish Studies, complicating familiar notions of Jews as a€œpeople of the Book, a€ displaced persons with only a common religious tradition and history to unite them. Space and Place in Jewish Studies embraces these exciting critical developments by investigating what a€œspacea€ has meant within Jewish culture and traditiona€”and how notions of a€œJewish space, a€ diaspora, and home continue to resonate within contemporary discourse, bringing space to the foreground as a practical and analytical category. Barbara Mann takes us on a journey from medieval Levantine trade routes to the Eastern European shtetl to the streets of contemporary New York, introducing readers to the variety of ways in which Jews have historically formed communities and created a sense of place for themselves. Combining cutting-edge theory with rabbinics, anthropology, and literary analysis, Mann offers a fresh take on the Jewish experience.57 Sorkina#39;s comment comes within his introduction to The Next Jerusalem, a collection of essays by urban planners and architects, the subtitle ... 59 For example, the architect in charge of the master plan for Maale Adumim, the city- sized neighborhood built on what was then the ... Recent high-profile projects include the Supreme Court (1995), designed by Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi- Melamed, a projectanbsp;...

Title:Space and Place in Jewish Studies
Author:Barbara E. Mann
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2012-02-10


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