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The Medieval Roots of Antisemitism: Continuities and Discontinuities from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

Edited book
Authors Jonathan Adams
Cordelia Heß
ISBN 978-1138630888
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York
Publication year 2018
Published at
Language en
Keywords antisemitism, anti-Judaism
Subject categories History of Ideas, Middle East, Visual Arts, History of Religions

Abstract

This book presents a fresh approach to the question of the historical continuities and discontinuities of Jew-hatred, juxtaposing chapters dealing with the same phenomenon – one in the pre-modern, one in the modern period. How do the circumstances of interreligious violence differ in pre-Reformation Europe, the modern Muslim world, and the modern Western world? In addition to the diachronic comparison, most chapters deal with the significance of religion for the formation of anti-Jewish stereotypes. The direct dialogue of small-scale studies bridging the chronological gap brings out important nuances: anti-Zionist texts appropriating medieval ritual murder accusations; modern-day pogroms triggered by contemporary events but fuelled by medieval prejudices; and contemporary stickers drawing upon long-inherited knowledge about what a "Jew" looks like. These interconnections, however, differ from the often-assumed straightforward continuities between medieval and modern anti-Jewish hatred. The book brings together many of the most distinguished scholars of this field, creating a unique dialogue between historical periods and academic disciplines.

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