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Anti-Judaism by David Nirenberg
  

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Anti-Judaism by David Nirenberg

A magisterial history, ranging from antiquity to the present, that reveals anti-Judaism to be a mode of thought deeply embedded in the Western tradition. There is a widespread tendency to regard anti-Judaism - whether expressed in a casual remark or implemented through pogrom or extermination campaign - as somehow exceptional: an unfortunate indicator of personal prejudice or the shocking outcome of an extremist ideology married to power. But, as David Nirenberg argues in this ground-breaking study, to confine anit-Judaism to the margins of our culture is to be dangerously complacent. Anti-Judaism is not an irrational closet in the vast edifice of Western thought, but rather one of the basic tools with which that edifice was constructed.

Reviews

'This richly fascinating history of a way of thinking takes us to some unexpected places. The Merchant of Venice is here of course, but such ingrained prejudice even crops up in a diet book of 1599. Sadly for modern enlightenment, Nirenberg ends by contemplating the future's dangers '
The Independent

. 'Hugely impressive and brilliantly argued scholarly work ... Nirenberg asks tough questions about our intellectual roots
Irish Mail on Sunday

. 'A truly monumental book. Dark as its subject may be, it is full of delights ... This is a book that will - and should - stop you in your tracks
Sunday Times

. 'In this remarkable book, the development of a way of thinking is traced with scholarly rigour
The Times

. 'Elegant and precise ... [His] superb scholarship has done a great service [...] not only to historians
Edward Peters

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About the Author

David Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Mediaeval History and Social Thought at Princeton University. His COMMUNITIES OF VIOLENCE won the prestigious Herbert Baxter Adams Award for 1998.

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Book Info

Publication date

13th August 2015

Author

David Nirenberg

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Paperback
624 pages

Categories

Judaism
Social discrimination & inequality

ISBN

9781781852958

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