New Books Network

Joyce Dalsheim, “Israel Has a Jewish Problem: Self Determination as Self Elimination” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Israel Has a Jewish Problem: Self Determination as Self Elimination (Oxford University Press, 2019), Joyce Dalsheim considers some of the surprising outcomes of the great Israeli experiment of re-imagining and reconstructing Judaism, Jewishness and the Jewish people as an ethno-national project focused on the state. Examining the production and assimilation of... Read More
Seyed Ali Alavi, “Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, and Future” (Routledge, 2019)
In Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2019), Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS University of London) surveys the history of the relationship between Iran – and especially the Islamic Republic of Iran – with Palestinian organisations and leadership. It also, quite obviously, deals with Iranian views of Israel and... Read More
Lyn Julius, “Uprooted: How 3000 Years of Jewish Civilization in the Arab World Vanished Overnight” (Vallentine Mitchell, 2018)
Who are the Jews from Arab countries? What were relations with Muslims like? What made Jews leave countries where they had been settled for thousands of years? And what lessons can we learn from the mass exodus of minorities from the Middle East? This neglected piece of history, as ancient... Read More
Mohammed Dajani Daoudi, “Teaching Empathy and Reconciliation In Midst Of Conflict” (Wasatia Press, 2016)
“Moderation in times of extremism is a revolutionary idea. It is a positive, courageous value, as opposed to a defeatist attitude. It is swimming against the tide, rather than following the crowd on a path obviously leading to the abyss. We need to create our own vision rather than just... Read More
Rachel Werczberger, “Jews in The Age Of Authenticity: Jewish Spiritual Renewal In Israel” (Peter Lang, 2016)
Perhaps there’s something in the air in the Middle East, something that elevates spirituality. The Middle East, particularly Israel, is the legendary home of spiritual searching, of prophecy and religious expression. And in this historical birthplace of monotheism – of Judaism and its daughter religions, Christianity and Islam – religious... Read More
Kfir Cohen Lustig, “Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature of the Global Contemporary” (Verso, 2019)
Differently than existing accounts that concentrate on Israeli and Palestinian nationalism, Kfir Cohen Lustig‘s Makers of Worlds, Readers of Signs: Israeli and Palestinian Literature of the Global Contemporary (Verso, 2019) suggests a new theoretical and historical approach to Israeli and Palestinian literature as well as to the contemporary system of... Read More
Shai Lavi, “Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel: Socio-legal, Political and Empirical Analysis” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Once upon a time, or so we’ve been told, medical ethics were confined to the patient-doctor relationship. As long as doctors were true to their Hippocratic oaths, as long as they acted with compassion and wisdom, then all expectations were met. Life is more complicated today, and so is healthcare:... Read More