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  3. 3. The Open University of Israel, Israel’s leading academic publisher, has published over 1500 textbooks in all major disciplines. Written by leading scholars and experts from the Open University and from all other Israeli universities, these books are known for their outstanding academic quality, and are used by students and faculty in Israel’s colleges and universities. This catalog presents the Open University’s latest publications, a collection of true gems and treasures. We are pleased to offer our books on Middle East history, religions (Islam and Early Christianity) Biblical studies (Genesis), Jewish history, religion and culture, Israeli politics and art, genocide studies and social sciences. Unique in scope and length, our books can easily be adopted as textbooks for students, and also be of interest to scholars and the general public. The Open University welcomes collaboration and joint projects with publishers interested in pooling together world knowledge, culture and heritage to produce high-quality, aesthetic, state-of-the-art publications of broad interest. Contact Details Mrs. Nava Segal Rights and Permissions Manager navase@openu.ac.il The Open University of Israel 1 University Road, P.O. Box 808, Raanana 43107, Israel Tel. 972-9-7781811, Fax 972-9-7780664 http://www-e.openu.ac.il/ 3
  4. 4. Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Nurith Gertz* Amos Oz and A.B. Yehoshua are both world seminal importance of their writings -- in literary renowned Israeli novelists, who single-handedly circles, within Israeli society and on the national influenced a new generation of writers, virtually and international stage. changing the shape and contour of Israeli literature. Volume 1 (2010, 163 pp.) Part 1: Change of generations in Israeli literature Up until Amos Oz’s publication of his first stories in Part 2: Moshe Shamir’s He Walked in the Fields the quarterly Keshet at the end of the 1950’s, Israeli literature was largely designed to promote and Volume 2 Amos Oz (2010, 278 pp.) encourage a Socialist-Zionist agenda. Amos Oz’s Part 1: Where the Jackals Howl portrayal of real life struggles on Kibbutz, shattered Part 2: My Michael this ‘magic mirror’ and helped to pave the way for Part 3: “Late Love” a new generation of Israeli writers whose agendas Part 4: “Unto Death” and writing styles radically differ from those writers Volume 3 A.B. Yehoshua (2010, 264 pp.) during the early days of the Israeli state. Part 1: “The Yatir Evening Express” Part 2: “Facing the Forests” It was not only characters and the portrayal of Part 3: “The Continuing Silence of a Poet” and “One of the things I wanted ideals where Oz and Yehoshua chose to deviate “Early in the Summer of 1970” to introduce in The Same Sea from their predecessors, there were also stylistic Part 4: The Lover beyond transcending the and literary differences. Excerpts from a wide conflict, is the fact that deep range of the authors’ writings provide readers with down below all our secrets are opportunities to delve deeply into both writers * Adia Mendelson-Maoz is a member of the Department of the same.” Literature, Language and the Arts at the Open University of Israel. mindsets and learn from their skillful writing styles. Amos Oz * Nurith Gertz is professor emeritus of the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts at the Open University of Israel. This three volume series places Oz and Yehoshua She is an expert on Israeli cinema and literature and the author 4 in a cultural-social-historical context, enabling readers to gain a profound understanding of the of Myths in Israeli Culture: Captives of a Dream (Vallentine Mitchell, 2000) and co-author of Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, trauma and memory (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
  5. 5. Volume 1 (Forthcoming) Part 1: The Arab-Palestinian community as a national minority in Israel (Ilana Kaufman) Editors: Ilana Kaufman, Mustafa Kabha* Part 2: The Arab-Palestinian community during the British Mandate (Mustafa Kabha) Part 3: In the shadow of military rule: The first twenty years (Sara Ozacky-Lazar, Yair Baumel) Since the establishment of the State of Israel, there Volume 2 (Forthcoming) has been an ongoing struggle between the Jewish Part 1: The ethnic mosaic (Ilana Kaufman) society and Arab society living together, ostensibly Part 2: The Palestinian family in Israel (Khawla Abu- under one roof. This struggle -- ideological, political, Baker) territorial and societal -- finds expression in nearly Part 3: Gender and relations between the sexes in every aspect of Arab-Israeli life, and like the Arab- Palestinian cociety (Amalia Sa’ar) Israeli society itself, has undergone change over time. Arab society has not lived in isolation, but Volume 3 (2010, 415 pp.) rather has been impacted by its neighboring Jewish Part 1: One man one vote: Parties and elections society, as well as external Arab states, globalization, (Benyamin Neuberger) and its own internal issues and changes. Part 2: Leadership: Transformation and transition (Reuven Aharoni) A multidisciplinary team of scholars worked Part 3: The media: From printed to online press together to produce this detailed, well- (Mustafa Kabha) documented four volume series. The series tracks the multi-faceted aspects of Arab society in Israel, Volume 4 (Forthcoming) viewing its evolution, development and struggles “I vote, therefore I am.” Part 1: The Arab-Palestinian education system by examining a wide range of issues: family and Slogan used by Communist youth in (Ismael Abu Sa’ad) gender relations, becoming a minority after being Haifa during 2009 election campaign Part 2: Territorial relations: Demographic aspects a majority, ethnicity, legal claims, etc. and social change (Rassem Khamaisy) Gaining a deeper historical understanding of the * Ilana Kaufman is a scholar of Arab-Palestinians, civil society and political participation in Israel at the Open University and author of Arab National Communism in the Jewish State (University Press of Florida, 1997). evolution of Israeli-Arab society, may provide new 5 insight for political resolutions to the ongoing * Mustafa Kabha is a senior lecturer at the Open University and a researcher in the areas of modern Middle Eastern history, the history of the Palestinian national movement, and Arab mass media. He is the author of numerous conflict. books and articles in Arabic, English and Hebrew.
  6. 6. Haggai Erlich*, Steven Kaplan, Hagar Salamon Ethiopia is one of the world’s most ancient civilizations. A monarchy for most of its history, the Ethiopian dynasty traces its roots to the 2nd century BCE. The uniqueness of Ethiopia is that it constitutes a culture which built up a political system, a state and even an empire that lasted some two millennia. It managed to withstand the strongest forces in history -- the Islamic empire and European imperialism -- and still retain its sovereignty. Its geographic location in the Horn of Africa, history of political stability, cultural and religious tolerance alongside its nationalistic tendency to also identify with the Middle Eastern countries as much as with African countries, led to Ethiopia becoming a crossroads, meeting place for the three monotheistic religions. It was here that Christianity, Judaism and “[Ethiopia] One of the Islam first met and learned to live together. strangest, most wonderful phenomena in history.” Ethiopia’s image as a multi-cultural country replete Arnold Toynbee * Haggai Erlich is professor emeritus of Middle Eastern and African with contradictions holds true today. Its secret for History at Tel Aviv University and head of Middle East and African Studies at the Open University of Israel. He is author of numerous maintaining its independence and sovereignty may books, among them The Cross and the River – Ethiopia, Egypt and hold some answers for modern day society. the Nile (Lynne Rienner, 2002) and co-editor of The Nile – Histories, 6 Cultures, Myths (Lynne Rienner, 2000). His latest book is Islam & Christianity in the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan (Lynne 2003, 384 pp. Rienner, 2010).
  7. 7. Moshe Negbi* Does Israeli media promote its own agenda? Do a two-way mirror, examining the impact of mass personal beliefs of Israeli journalists cloud their media -- radio, television, printed press and the new journalistic integrity? Does Israeli press play an media -- in Israeli society. influential role in government policy? Is there balanced coverage on issues of national interest? In Forthcoming light of the state’s ongoing wars, does Israeli media have to abide by different ethical standards? No doubt, Israeli media is on the front lines both literally and figuratively. One of Israel’s leading legal commentators and analysts, who regularly appears on Israel Radio and national television’s Channel One network, Moshe Negbi’s new book, Freedom of the Journalist and Freedom of the Press maps the life “What is the purpose of allowing line of mass media in Israel since the establishment freedom of speech and press? of the state to today. The book offers an in-depth Why should a government perspective of the legal and ethical issues that that regards its own actions as proper and justified expose itself Israel’s mass media must confront in times of peace to criticism? and in times of war, and considers the mine field of Obviously, that same legal, security, political, religious and cultural issues government would not conceive so endemic to the country’s unique geopolitical of allowing the use of firearms situation. against it, and all would agree that ideas are mightier than any This book is more than a description of the institutional aspects of mass media. It also acts as gun.” Vladimir Ilyich Lenin * Moshe Negbi is a leading Israeli legal analyst and legal commentator for the Israel Broadcasting Authority. 7
  8. 8. Uriel Rappaport* For a period of some two hundred years -- from culturally, communally or religiously as those who the Babylonian exile following the destruction of were sent into exile. The Persian period left an the First Temple (586 BCE) until 330-334 BCE when indelible imprimatur on their lives, traces of which the Greeks conquered the eastern empire -- the are evident today. Jews lived under the Persian empire, the last of the ancient empires. Prof. Uriel Rappaport’s research of this period provides some fascinating insights into the dynamics What makes this period so fascinating in terms that helped to shape the Jewish nation. of Jewish history is that this was the first time in history that the Jewish nation was no longer 2004, 256 pp. an independent sovereignty and was forced to administer its own lives from various, dispersed political centers. The most important of these centers were Babylonia and Judea. The Jewish nation’s dispersal within the Persian empire influenced their cultural, religious and “The first year of Cyrus’ communal lives. The Babylonian Talmud was written monarchy, King Cyrus during this time, Aramaic, the Persian empire’s commanded: The House of G’d spoken tongue was incorporated into Jewish life, in Jerusalem will be rebuilt... a number of the nation’s greatest prophets held and all the vessels of gold and center stage, and the concept of ‘Return to Zion’ silver that Nebuchadnezzer was born. removed from Jerusalem and were transported to Babylonia 8 * Uriel Rappaport is professor emeritus of Jewish History at the The Jewish people who returned to rebuild their will be returned...” University of Haifa. He is co-editor of Dead Sea Scrolls: Forty Years Temple in Jerusalem, were not the same ones, (Ezra: 6; 3-5) of Research (Eisenbrauns, 1992).
  9. 9. The Jewish Community in Palestine between the World Wars Aviva Halamish* Many have referred to Israel as a modern-day Volume 1 (2004, 360 pages) miracle. At the outbreak of the first world war, there Part 1: Historiography and historical background were 60,000 Jews living in the Jewish “Yishuv”. They Part 2: The Palestine triangle in the 1920s: British, were a heterogeneous group, most living in dire Jews and Arabs, 1917-1929 circumstances in various communities throughout Part 3: A volunteer society: Institutions, political the land. The land was desolate and ruled by a dying, parties and organizations largely ambivalent empire. There were no national Part 4: Foundations of the national home: institutions, and virtually no political or national Immigration, economy and settlement in leadership. Then within a period of two decades, the 1920s now under the rule of a new, sometimes antagonistic Volume 2 (2004, 274 pages) empire, the population grew by nine-fold, national Part 1: Consensus and conflict in the 1920s institutions were established and a political-national Part 2: From crisis to growth: 1929-1932 leadership arose. Part 3: The Palestine triangle in the 1930s: British, Jews and Arabs, 1931-1939 At the center of this three volume series, Prof. Aviva Halamish, a noted historian and recipient of the Volume 3 (Forthcoming) prestigious 2010 Yitzhak Ben Zvi Award for historical Part 1: Creating a critical mass: immigration and “In the 1920’s, aliyah and research, offers an indepth examination of how a tiny settlement during the 1930s settlement increased the group of people, an almost invisible minority, laid the Part 2: Consensus and conflict in the 1930s demographic weight and the foundations for the establishment of a State, with Part 3: A race against time: The Yishuv on the eve of territorial presence of the few resources and little international support. The World War II Yishuv (i.e. Jewish), but this series examines not only what happened within the * Aviva Halamish is a professor of History at the Open University change was in numbers rather of Israel. She is the author of numerous articles and several confines of the Jewish Yishuv, but also the influences than in substance... [this was a books, among them The Exodus Affair: Holocaust Survivors and 9 from outside, which played a crucial role in the state the Struggle for Palestine (Syracuse University Press and Vallentine time] when the foundations of Mitchell, 1998) and a biography (in Hebrew) of Meir Yaari (Am in the making. the national home were laid.” Oved / Ofakim Series, 2009).
  10. 10. Editor: Yair Auron* Prof. Yair Auron’s Genocide series is a monumental Volume 1 Reflections on the Inconceivable: work motivated by the great need to ensure that Theoretical Aspects of Genocide society remains neither apathetic nor ignorant about Research (Yair Auron, 2006, 183 pp.) genocides and considers its own responsibility for Volume 2 Genocide and Racism (Yair Auron, the cause and the solution. The Genocide series is Isaac Lubelski (Eds.), Forthcoming) more than an historical accounting. It is a journey through a moral minefield. Volume 3 Genocide in the “Land of the Free”: The Indians of North America 1776- Interestingly, the word Genocide (based on Greek 1890 (Arnon Gutfeld, 2006, 230 pp.) and Latin words) was coined after World War II by Volume 4 Conflictual Encounter: The Destruction Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew whose family was of the Indian Peoples of Spanish killed in the Holocaust and later found refuge in the America (Eitan Ginsberg, 2009, 280 United States. Lemkin used the word to describe pp.) the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis, but Volume 5 The Armenian Genocide: Forgetting in the broader sense the word is used to describe and Denial (Yair Auron, 2007, 183 pp.) mass killings of any people, motivated by religious or nationalistic reasons. “To ask questions, to think Volume 6 Hurban: The Annihilation of the Jews about, to consider what could by Nazi Germany (Ariel Horowitz, have been done to prevent 2010, 183 pp.) The Genocide series, a unique, outstanding multi- genocide or at least to limit it disiplinary effort by various Israeli scholars, and to ask where I am in this Volume 7 Nazi Germany and the Gypsies (Gilad psychologists and historians covers a broad range picture when the genocide is Margalit, 2006, 165 pp.) of time periods -- from Biblical times to modern day taking place...so that I will not Volume 8 Rwanda 1994: Genocide in the times, over an equally broad range of continents -- be among those who remained “Land of Thousand Hills” (Benyamin 10 Europe (Armenia), Africa (Rwanda), Southeast Asia (Cambodia), and the Americas. silent.” Neuberger, 2005, 208 pp.)
  11. 11. Volume 9 Tibet 1950-2000: Destroying a Civilization (Lydia Aran, 2007, 192 pp.) Volume 10 Political and Ethnic Cleansings in the Soviet Union, 1918-1953 (Alek Epstein, 2007, 238 pp.) Volume 11 “So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee” - The Holocaust and Genocide as Wrought by Human Beings (Israel Charny, Forthcoming) Volume 12 So that I wouldn’t be among the Silent (Yair Auron, 2010, pp. 287) * Yair Auron is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. A specialist on Holocaust and Genocide studies, he is the author of The Banality of Indefference: Zionism and the Armenian Genocide (Transaction, 2000) and The Banality of Denial: Israel and the Armenian Genocide (Transaction, 2003). “When we heard, for the first time that our friends had been gradually slaughtered, a great cry rose among us. Then a hundred had been slaughtered. But when 1000 had been slaughtered, and the slaughter had not ceased, silence reigned...” Bertolt Brecht 11
  12. 12. Shulamit Elizur* On the Iberian peninsula, on Spanish soil, over a Volume 1 (2004, 288 pp.) period of 200 years -- from the 10th to the 12th Part 1: The literary, historical and social background centuries, under Muslim rule rose a prolific, lyrically of Hebrew poetry in Spain rich, and diverse community of Hebrew poets. Part 2: Methodological introduction This three volume series provides the reader with Volume 2 (2004, 524 pp.) a comprehensive, detailed analysis of the Jewish Part 1: Conventions in the Hebrew poetry of Spain: community of poets, many learned Rabbis, who were Entertainment poems guided by their deep religious conviction and were Part 2: Types and conventions in the Hebrew poetry similarly influenced by their Muslim counterparts. of Spain: Philosophical and moral poems Part 3: Types and conventions in the Hebrew poetry It was a time when Hebrew poetry and song of Spain: Praise and friendship poems flourished, producing hundreds of enchanting, Part 4: Personal poems deeply moving works, many of which are still chanted or read today. Volume 3 (2004, 534 pp.) Part 1: Prose elements Readers will be touched by the mysticism and beauty “One after another humankind Part 2: The rhetoric of poetry: Tone, syntax and of the works, as much as they will gain a deeper will be diluted lexicon, picturesque language understanding of the layers of meaning beneath Little by little they will perish, Part 3: Biblical allusion and integration the simple words. until all is gone Part 4: Composition Cease, one journey after Death approaches, until there is the grave” Moshe Ibn Ezra 12 * Shulamit Elizur is a Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  13. 13. Editor: Raphael Nir* The History of the Hebrew Language traces and Volume 1 Introduction (Menachem Zevi Kadari, explicates the evolution of the Hebrew language. 2003, 170 pp.) This unique eight volume series offers an extensive Volume 2 Biblical Language (Rivka Yarkoni, 2003, review of a language that served as the basis for 171 pp.) dialogue between G’d and Moses and inspired exquisite literature, intricate commentaries on Volume 3 Hebrew of the Second Temple Period Biblical passages and prayer. It is the only language (Elisha Qimron, 2003, 243 pp.) in the annals of history which has been extant for Volume 4 Language of the Sages (Shimon Sharvit, two millennia. 2003, 275 pp.) The Medieval Period: These 4 volumes survey a Each section in the series covers a particular period period of about seventeen centuries during which of time, and has been written by language experts the Hebrew language served only for literary and of that time period. The extensive appendices liturgical purposes, and was not used for everyday provide valuable insights for those interested in communication. understanding the Hebrew language’s unique ability to evolve, adapt and expand. “And G’d said let their be light, Volume 5 Language of Hebrew Liturgical Hymns and there was light...He called (Joseph Yahalom, 2003, 183 pp.) An ideal study compendium for students, scholars, the light day and the darkness Volume 6 Language of the Translators (Gad Ben- linguists, and anyone who would love to learn more night” Ami Zarfati, 2003, 215 pp.) about Hebrew. (Genesis1: 3, 5) Volume 7 Language of the Hebrew Poetry of Spain (Ephraim Chazan, 2003, 188 pp.) The Biblical Period: The first four volumes deal with Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew. They discuss Volume 8 Rabbinic Hebrew (Zvi Betzer, 2001, 181 various linguistic aspects: lexical, morphological pp.) 13 and syntactic. * Raphael Nir is professor emeritus in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  14. 14. Nurith Gertz* Early Zionist ideology, intent on establishing a ‘other’s’ rights and integrate them within the national homeland for the Jewish people, was tapestry of Israeli society. equally intent on redefining what characteristics a ‘real’ Israeli was to possess. The cinema and literature 2004, 213 pp. from the early to mid 20th century used to portray Am Oved / The Open University of Israel the new ‘Israeli’, dispensed with any characteristics that were easily identified with European Jewry -- what they considered the Diaspora. These films and novels casted Holocaust survivors as ‘the other’ or ‘the alien’ in the new State of Israel. This definition pitted the survivors along with other Diaspora Jews, soon joined by women and Arabs on the one side vs. the ‘true’ Israeli-Hebrew “Sabra” man on the other. Upon the stages of the theater, within the pages of literature, and in the cinema houses across the country, peoples, living under one roof within the “I have never read a book confines of the state, were either identified as “us” whereby the literary elegance or “them.” encounters the personal truth, in such moving, unforgettable The consequences were manifold, playing off one totality. This is a book that group against another, launching a race among must not be missed.” * Nurith Gertz is professor emeritus of the Department of sectors of society to prefer one alien group over Shimon Peres Literature, Language and the Arts at the Open University of Israel. another, suppressing and/or reshaping Holocaust She is an expert on Israeli cinema and literature and the author 14 of Myths in Israeli Culture: Captives of a Dream (Vallentine Mitchell, survivors memories, and eventually creating a 2000) and co-author of Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, trauma and situation where people learned to recognize the memory (Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
  15. 15. Editor: Daphna Ephrat* While today’s bookshelves may be overflowing with Volume 2 (Nehemia Levtzion, Daniela Talmon- newly published, or reprinted editions of books Heller, Daphna Ephrat, 1998, 208 pp.) on Islam, this series of four volumes is one of the Part 1: The development of Islamic law only efforts to cover the entire history of Islam -- Part 2: Theological debates and their political from its birth in the 7th century until modern-day impact fundamentalism. Also, while most other publications Part 3: Islamic mysticism may deal with the rise, development and spread of Islam in specific countries, few provide such Volume 3 (Nehemia Levtzion, Daniela Talmon- an extensive and comprehensive look at Islam Heller, Daphna Ephrat, 1998, 252 pp.) throughout the world and by country to country as Part 1: The Ulama and secular rulers in the late does this series. Middle Ages Part 2: The institutionalization of Islam: Law, Furthermore, most other publications divide Islam education and mysticism into two distinct periods: classical Islam which Part 3: The expansion of Islam into Asia and Africa developed in the 11th century and modern day Volume 4 (2008, 300 pp.) Islam which evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. “Islam crystallized as a religion Part 1: Islamic revivalist and reform movements in However, this publication also places great emphasis which secluded itself from the the 18th century (Atallah Copty) on the golden era of Islam in the Middle Ages, when pre-Islamic system on the one Part 2: Modernism and secularism: Islamic response much of Islamic science, art and literature developed. hand, and from the Judeo- to the Western challenge (Daphna Ephrat) Christian system on the other Part 3: Islamic fundamentalism (Meir Hatina) Volume 1 (Nehemia Levtzion, Daniela Talmon- hand, and within this process Heller, Daphna Ephrat, 1998, 272 pages) of disengagement there is a * Daphna Ephrat, a professor of History at the Open University, is an expert on medieval Muslim societies. She is the author of A Learned Part 1: The birth of a religion kind of crystallization.” Society in a Period of Transition: The Sunni ‘Ulama’ of Eleventh-Century Baghdad (SUNY, 2000) and Spiritual Wayfarers, Leaders in Piety: Part 2: Sects in Islam 15 Sufis and the Dissemination of Islam in Medieval Palestine (Harvard Part 3: From Arabization to Islamization University Press, 2008).
  16. 16. Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Lior Ben-Chaim* Who can be defined as a Jew? A question that has been asked throughout the ages, and continues to be asked and never ceases to spark conflict. Is there a difference in how secular Jews from Argentina define themselves in comparison to their peers in France? What is the underlying meaning of the Hebrew word for Diaspora and ‘Immigrant’? And does that impact on how other Jews regard Israeli Jews and themselves? What does it mean to have been identified as a Jew from the former Soviet Union? How does American Jewry define and distinguish itself? What defines an Israeli Jew? Jewish Identities in an Era of Multiple Modernities examines the evolution of the collective identity of the Jewish people and the manner in which “Is it possible to still talk it expresses itself from country to country, and about Jews as a single entity considering their multiple * Eliezer Ben-Rafael is professor emeritus of Sociology at Tel-Aviv community to community. The differences and University. He has published on ethnicity and language in Israel, similarities among Jews around the world, and Jewish identities?” the transformation of the kibbutz, Jewish identities and aspects of contemporary globalization. He is co-author of Ethnicity, Religion in Israel, are explored and examined, focusing and Class in Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and co- sociologically on today’s multiple modernities and editor of World Religions and Multiculturalism: A Dialectic Relation (Brill, 2010). multiple cultures. * Lior Ben-Chaim, a sociologist at Tel-Aviv University, studies 16 various aspects of Jewish identities and multiple modernities in 2006, 376 pp. Israel.
  17. 17. Raphael Jospe* The Middle Ages was a time when Jewish philosophy Volume 1 Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: took shape and flourished. It was a time when the Foundations (2005, 575 pp.) Jewish people’s greatest thinkers, dispersed among Part 1: What is Jewish philosophy? the nations, embarked on a journey of discovery, Part 2: Sa’adiah Ga’on and the Kalam influencing and being influenced by their non- Part 3: Jewish Neo-Platonism: Isaac Israeli and Jewish contemporaries and cultures. More than Solomon ibn-Gabirol a millennia has passed, yet, the writings of these Part 4: Bahya ibn-Paquda great thinkers continue to serve as ‘enlightened’ road maps for the encounters of the Jewish nation Volume 2 Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: with the world around them. Transitions (2006, 482 pp.) Part 1: Philosophical exegesis of the Bible: These three volumes examine the earliest Jewish Abraham ibn-Ezra philosophers both within the context of their Part 2: Judah Ha-Levi and critique of philosophy multilingual, Muslim, and Christian environments, Part 3: The transition to Aristotelianism: Abraham and among themselves. Readers will delve ibn-Daud into Christian and Islamic philosophy to better Volume 3 Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages: understand how Jewish philosophy evolved. “Knowledge has two faces, truth Maimonides (2006, 503 pp.) and falsehood, true knowledge Part 1: Maimonides: Principles of Judaism is when one knows the thing as Part 2: Guide of the Perplexed – God it is, square is square, minimal is Part 3: Guide of the Perplexed – The world and the minimal, black is black, white is human being white, reality is reality, missing * Raphael Jospe, a specialist in medieval Jewish philosophy, is missing. False knowledge is teaches in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan knowledge of a thing that is not University, and also in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem- as it is...” 17 International School. He is the author or editor of several books, among them Jewish Philosophy (2 volumes, Rowman & Littlefield, Beliefs and Opinions, Rabbi Sa’adiah 2008) and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages (Academic, 2009). Gaon
  18. 18. Editor: Ora Limor* What binds Christianity and Judaism? What divides Volume 1 Jacob and Esau (Ora Limor, 1993, 125 pp.) them? How did their interrelationships play out in Western Europe? Are these two beliefs compatible? Volume 2 (1993, 378 pp.) Part 1: Majority and minority (Amnon Raz- Since the birth of Christianity some two millennia Krakotzkin, Ora Limor) ago, Jews and Christians have been intertwined Part 2: Similarity and difference (Ora Limor) with each other, in one way or another. At first, the Part 3: Jews before the Christian courts of justice: Jews were a majority in Israel, but this lasted but a the Jewish oath (Joseph Ziegler) few decades. Volume 3 The Jewish-Christian Debate (Ora Limor, 1993, 256 pp.) With the rapid spread of Christianity and the loss of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, Volume 4 (1997, 432 pp.) the pendulum swung and the Jews became the Part 1: Hebraica veritas (Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, minority. Nevertheless, for hundreds of years, the Ora Limor) Jews and Christians lived alongside one another Part 2: Faith and reason (Joseph Ziegler) interacting in nearly every aspect of their lives. Part 3: Images of the past (Ora Limor, Israel Yuval) “Esau is the older brother, the Their respective credos, religious beliefs, evil one... He was deprived of Volume 5 (1998, 440 pp.) philosophies, value systems, political, social and his first born status in order Part 1: The blood libel (Ora Limor) cultural necessities drove their encounters in to fulfill the divine plan, for Part 2: The Conversos (Yosef Kaplan) varying directions. This series of five volumes traces Esau did not deserve to be the Part 3: Jews and Christians during the reformation the relationship between Jews and Christians ‹chosen› one in the eyes of (Amos Hofman) in Western Europe during the Middle Ages and the Lord. In Jewish literature, * Ora Limor is a Professor of History at the Open University of Renaissance -- a period of 700 years. Esau...represents Christianity. Israel. She has written numerous articles in scholarly journals and 18 is co-editor of Contra Iudaeos: Ancient Medieval Polemics between In Christian literature, he Christians and Jews (Texts and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern represents the Jews.” Judaism) (J.C.B. Mohr, 1996)
  19. 19. Nurith Gertz, George Khleifi* True, the Jews and Palestinians may share the same 2006, 230 pp. ‘landscape,’ but their cinematic voices are radically Am Oved / The Open University of Israel diverse. Rights sold: English: Scotland, UK, Edinburgh University Press. Searching for the voice and back story of Palestinian cinema brought together two scholars, one a Palestinian lecturer from Ramallah University and the other a Jewish professor from the Open University. The result is a detailed, thought provoking look at Palestinian cinema and the integral role the national movement’s ideology played in cinematic productions, oftentimes usurping other messages. Readers will review how earlier Palestinian filmmakers -- such as Michel Khlefi, Rashid Masharawi, Ali Nassar, Elia Suleiman and others -- were able to express the national movement’s message through individual personal stories. “We are a nation that history Readers will also learn about the struggle of has forgotten” filmmakers creating genre films during and Sayigh, 1998 * Nurith Gertz is professor emeritus of the Department of Literature, Language and the Arts at the Open University of Israel. between the Intifadas, known as Roadblock She is an expert on Israeli cinema and literature and the author movies. The extensive filmography included in “We are a nation that forgot its of Myths in Israeli Culture: Captives of a Dream (Vallentine Mitchell, 2000) and co-author of Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, trauma and the book is an excellent guide for readers, scholars history” memory (Edinburgh University Press, 2008). 19 or researchers who wish to explore the subject in Emil Habibi, 1969 greater depth. * George Khleifi is a Palestinian scholar and film director.
  20. 20. Malka Muchnik* Language, the principal means of communication Volume 1 (2002, 200 pp.) in society, is also the engine which drives a society’s Part 1: Language as a social activity culture. Every language reflects the unique values Part 2: Linguistic diversity: Dialects and sociolects and way of life of the society for which that language Part 3: Language in circumstantial context: Register is the mother tongue. Language is also a dynamic entity, developing and evolving alongside its native Volume 2 (2002, 240 pp.) society and culture. Part 1: Language and gender Part 2: Language: Ideology and attitudes The Hebrew language is no less. But perhaps more, Part 3: Language in mass communication in some ways. Hebrew is the only ancient language which is still spoken today. And, while it did fall out Volume 3 (2003, 182 pp.) of daily usage among the Jewish people dispersed in Part 1: Language norms and language planning various countries, it continued to be used in prayer Part 2: Language change and development and learning for more than a millennia. Volume 4 (2006, 205 pp.) Tracing the development of the language from a Part 1: Ethnography: Culture and language socio-linguistic point of view, Dr. Malka Muchnik “Hebrew has no clear Part 2: Cultural differences in oral communication details the impact of the Hebrew language on boundaries for how to address modern day society, and modern day society’s individuals, except for perhaps impact on an ancient language that sought to those holding high government, re-adapt to the demands of a nascent sate and court or Rabbinic positions... continues to modernize itself in light of the internet, This phenomenon reflects the view of the general population global village and its yearning to be expressive and and is probably the result of the part of a pluralistic, democratic society. ideology of the early pioneers 20 who had a great yearning for equality...” * Malka Muchnik is a senior lecturer in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Bar Ilan University, Israel.
  21. 21. Onn Winckler* What does the word populations symbolize to politics, inter-Arab relations and Arab relations on you? For some, populations are merely statistics, the global stage. numbers of people living in a specific area during a Chapters: Rapid population growth in Arab specific period of time. Others view populations as countries in the 20th century; The economic potential targets for marketing goods and services. consequences of high birth rates in Arab countries What is common between both these points of in the second half of the 20th century; Movement view is the fact that they view populations as static of labor workers between Arab countries; The entities. effects of immigration on the large labor exporters: Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Syria; Policy regarding Not the demographer, however. For the reproduction in Arab countries in the second half demographer, populations are dynamic entities, of the 20th century. changing every moment. The demographer’s research focuses on the causes and outcomes of 2008, 365 pp. these movements and changes, in order to gain a better understanding of political, national and economic dynamics. Onn Winckler’s book, Political Demography in “Only in the second half of the the Arab States takes a look at the changes in the 1980’s, after the collapse of oil Arab populations particularly during the latter prices in international markets half of the 20th century, when the chains of the and the decline for Arab workers colonial powers were thrown off, and the countries in the oil industry, did Egypt became independent, sovereign states. These begin to institute reforms in * Onn Winckler, a professor of Middle Eastern History at the changes, radical in their time, impacted on the the economy and with family University of Haifa, is an expert on demographic and economic 21 planning.” history of the modern Arab world. He is the author of Arab Political economy, which left its own imprimatur on the Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration and Natalist newly established, independent nation’s internal Policies (Sussex Academic Press, 2009).
  22. 22. Editor: Hanina Ben-Menahem* What is Jewish Law? It is a modern day moniker for Volume 1 (2006, 784 pp.) ‘halacha’, an ancient system of laws for day-to-day Part 1: Legal formalism in the Jewish law (Hanina individual and public dealings. This system was Ben Menahem) developed long before there was any legal or court Part 2: Exigency authority of courts (Hanina Ben system in the world. And, over the years it has gained Menahem) in strength, in spite of the fact that technically, this Part 3: Law and equity in Jewish law (Hanina Ben system of laws could only be adjudicated by the Menahem) Great Court of Jerusalem, which has not been in Part 4: Legal controversy in Jewish law (Hanina existence for two millennia. Ben Menahem) Part 5: Self-help in Jewish law (Shimshon The laws have their basis in the Talmud and Torah, Ettinger) and have served as a normative system for some 2,000 years, wherever Jews have lived. Volume 2 (2006, 454 pp.) Part 1: Market overt (Uri Shtruzman) Jewish law is not only about ritual religious practices. Part 2: Unjust enrichment (Itamar Warhaftig) It is also concerned with inter-family relationships, Part 3: Abortion (Daniel Sinclair) day-to-day business practices, punishment and “A Sanhedrin (Jewish court Part 4: Euthanasia - treating the critically ill compensation. Within the framework of the comprised of 70 wise men) (Daniel Sinclair) public forum, Jewish law sets guidelines for the which imposed the death establishment of courts, enacting tax laws, defining sentence on even one communal responsibilities and practices, and individual once in 7 years commercial dealings. was called a death-dealing * Hanina Ben-Menahem, a professor of Law at the Hebrew University Sanhedrin.” of Jerusalem, is a scholar of Jewish law and legal theory. He is author In this two volume series, the authors present an in- Mishnah Masechet Makot of Controversy and Dialogue in Halakhic Sources (The Institute of 22 Jewish Law, Boston University School of Law, 1991) and Judicial depth analysis of the laws and trace their evolution Deviation in Talmudic Law: Governed by Men, Not by Rules (Haywood from ancient until modern day times. Academic Publishers, 1991).
  23. 23. Shamai Gelander* What is The Book of Genesis? What is it’s purpose? Volume 1 (2009, 419 pp.) A scientific description of the stages of the world’s Part 1: The book of Genesis – structure, content creation? A guidebook for ancient customs? An and composition interesting tale? Part 2: Biblical and ancient Near Eastern creation stories The Book of Genesis is a most unique book among Part 3: Creation stories in Genesis the five books of the Torah. Genesis, according to Dr. Part 4: Genealogies and the tables of nations Shamai Gelander, is not written as a history book or Part 5: Literary analysis of the history of nations a guide for ancient customs. It is also not a scientific and the history of Israel description of the creation of the world, or of the Part 6: The patriarchs and historical reality beginnings of mankind or the Jewish forefathers. The different topics covered in the Book of Genesis, Volume 2 (2009, 492 pp.) written with a unique literary format, are primarily Part 1: The faith of the patriarchs designed to offer a system of values for future Part 2: The Abraham cycle generations as Genesis describes monotheism’s Part 3: The Isaac cycle confrontation with the ancient world. Part 4: The Jacob cycle Part 5: The Joseph novella “And G’d said to Cain, where Studies in the Book of Genesis offers a new, original Part 6: The art of storytelling in Genesis is Abel your brother, and he holistic, systematic framework to help readers answered I don’t know, am I extract the beauty of this literary work by using my brother’s keeper, and G’d accepted scientific research tools. answered, what have you done, the blood of your brother cries out to me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:9-10) * Shamai Gelander of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa is the author of The Good Creator: Literature and Theology in Genesis 1-11 (Scholars Press, 1997). 23
  24. 24. Dan Urian* Israeli society is a mosaic of diverse cultures. Secular and religious, Jews from western lands and Jews from Arab lands, new immigrants and veteran citizens. Is Israeli society a lively mosaic or a raucous melting pot? Over a five decade period, Israeli theatre provided a picture image of the conflicts within this new and emerging society struggling to create an identity. Yet, was this an accurate picture or was the stage used to promote an ideological agenda? And, did Israeli theatre reflect society’s ills or create stereotypes? * Dan Urian is a professor of Theatre Arts at Tel-Aviv University. He Dan Urian’s research of modern Israeli theatre’s is the author of several books, among them, The Arab in Israeli evolution, and his analysis of leading productions for Drama and Theatre (Routledge, 1997) and The Judaic Nature of Israeli Theatre (Routledge, 2000), and co-editor of In Search of each decade, offers a fascinating in depth portrait of Identity: Jewish Aspects in Israeli Culture (Routledge, 1998). a world where the Israeli stage underwent its own evolution, alongside the country -- sometimes in tandem and sometimes not. Urian focuses on the “As if you could draw a line, and say below this line is poverty... stereotype of the Jew from North African and Arab When I was a little boy they called our house a shack countries and how he was portrayed on stage, which We called it a transit camp often exemplified or embodied the other conflicts. The only line I saw was the horizon and everything below it looked like poverty to me...” The book also includes a comprehensive index of all Ronnie Somek, born in Baghdad, brought to Israel at a young age, excerpts from a song he wrote in the Israeli theatre productions. 1980’s, “The Poverty Line” 24
  25. 25. Editor: Bustenay Oded* This series of four volumes covers the First Temple Volume 1 (Bustenay Oded, 2006, 519 pp.) Period, a half millennia period, dating from the Part 1: From judges to monarchy 11th through the 6th century BCE. A time of Part 2: The era of Saul and David kings and prophets. A time when the nation of Part 3: The kingdom of Solomon Israel, surrounded by the great Eastern empires of Volume 2 (Bustenay Oded, 2007, 516 pp.) Babylonia, Egypt and Assyria, found its political, Part 1: The burden of monarchy ethnographic, economic, social and cultural voice Part 2: The House of Omri and the House of Jehu for the first time. Part 3: The fall of the kingdom of Israel Yet, throughout the centuries, there have been Volume 3 (Forthcoming) voices who have claimed that this is not true. Part 1: The prophets of the First Temple and their King Solomon and King David: were they real calling (Zeev Weisman, Eli Baruch) or mythological personae? Was there, in fact, a Part 2: Society and economy in the kingdoms of powerful, united Israelite Kingdom that stretched Israel and Judah (Hanoch Reviv, Michael from Egypt to Lebanon? Kochman, Gershon Galil, Haya Katz) Part 3: Daily life during the period of the monarchy These and many more questions are examined “I have built a house of luxury (Avraham Faust) through the lens of a wide breadth of modern-day for you, a place to house your Volume 4 (Bustenay Oded, 2008, 509 pp.) archaeological and research sources, and Jewish glory for ever” Part 1: Judah and Assyria texts. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of (Kings I, 7:13) Part 2: Josiah and his times the ancient Middle East, and learn about the cultural Part 3: The end of the kingdom of Judah and social mores of the surrounding countries and how they impacted on the Jewish nation. * Bustenay Oded, professor emeritus of Jewish History at the 25 University of Haifa, is a scholar of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. He is the author of War, Peace and Empire: Justifications for War in Assyrian Royal Inscriptions (Reichert Verlag, 1991).
  26. 26. Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman* Yemenite Jews, who trace their community back Volume 1 (2004, 516 pp.) to the First Temple Period, lived continuously Part 1: Settlement, society and economy in Yemen from as early as the second century Part 2: Cultural and family life CE. Then between the years 1949-1950, with Part 3: Messianism and the messianic movements the establishment of the State of Israel, most emigrated. Today, there are maybe a few hundred Volume 2 (2008, 435 pp.) Jews remaining in Yemen. Part 1: Changes during Ottoman rule 1872-1918 Part 2: Emigration to Palestine up to the end of Until 1962, Jews were not eligible for equal rights World War II under the law, nor did they have any political Part 3: Emigration to Israel between World War II rights in Yemen. Yet, in spite of their second class and the end of the 20th century status, Yemen serves as a unique paradigm for co- existence between Muslim and Jew -- developing a kind of symbiotic relationship. They did borrow from each other, but by the same token, remained fiercely distinct. “You yourselves have seen what I These two volumes discuss the Jewish community did to Egypt, and how I bore you in Yemen, from a wide array of perspectives: social, on wings of eagles, and brought you to Myself”. historical, political, religious and cultural. The books (Exodus, 19;4) offer a chronological explication of the complex “During the course of Operation intertwining of the Muslims and Jews, and closes Magic Carpet(1949-1950), 47,000 with the experience of the Yemenite Jews upon Yemen Jews, the overwhelming emigrating to Israel. majority of the Jewish community * Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman is a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies at the Open University of in Yemen, were airlifted to Israel. 26 Israel. She is an expert on the history and culture of Yemeni Jews Most had never seen an aircraft and the author of The Jews of Yemen in the Nineteenth Century: A before”. Portrait of a Messianic Community (Brill, 1993).
  27. 27. Editor: Haggai Erlich* This ten volume series is an extraordinary compendium surveying the history of Middle Eastern Arab states vis a vis internal as well as regional developments. The six decade period covered is divided into three key periods in the lives of these states. The first is the end of the old elite hegemony which was shaped during the 19th century and came to an end around the 1960’s. The second is the era of Nasserism and the emergence of a secular, socialist pan-Arab ideology which is dated from the 1960’s through 70’s . The third is the modern day period with the re-establishment of political Islamic movements yearning towards the revival of a regional-religious unity. * Haggai Erlich is professor emeritus of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University and head of Middle East and African Each book is authored by a leading historian Studies at the Open University of Israel. He is author of numerous specializing in the designated country. The series books, among them The Cross and the River – Ethiopia, Egypt and the Nile (Lynne Rienner, 2002) and co-editor of The Nile – Histories, is edited by Prof. Haggai Erlich, an internationally Cultures, Myths (Lynne Rienner, 2000). His latest book is Islam & renowned scholar specializing in Middle Eastern Christianity in the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan (Lynne Rienner, 2010). and African studies. The series offers readers a detailed perspective on Haggai Erlich is one of the very few scholars, who regularly “cross the African/Middle the Arab, Iranian and Turkish players in the Middle Eastern and the Africanist/Middle Easternist divide... Primarly a specialist on Ethiopia, East, providing new insight on many of their he has also done original research on Egypt and published extensively on Ethiopian/ decisions, motivations, policies and internal and external relations. Egyptian (and Middle Eastern) relations.” The American Historical Review 27
  28. 28. Volume 1 Egypt: The Older Sister (Haggai Erlich, 2004, 344 pp.) Volume 2 Iraq: Monarchy, Republic, Tyranny (Michael Eppel, 2005, 320 pp.) Volume 3 Jordan: In Search of an Identity (Joseph Nevo, 2005, 336 pp.) Volume 4 Syria: To Pan-Arabism and Back (Moshe Maoz, Forthcoming) Volume 5 Lebanon: The Challenge of Diversity (Kais Firro, Forthcoming) Volume 6 The Palestinians: A People Dispersed (Mustafa Kabha, 2010, 320 pp.) Volume 7 Saudi Arabia: An Oil Kingdom in a Labyrinth of Religion and Politics (Uzi Rabi, 2007, 232 pp.) Volume 8 Turkey: Nationalism and its Counter Dimensions (Anat Lapidot, Forthcoming) Volume 9 Iran: From an Empire to Islamic Revolution (Moshe Aharonov, Meir Litvak, Forthcoming) Volume 10 Yemen: From the Era of Revolution to Unification (Uzi Rabi, Forthcoming) 28
  29. 29. Mustafa Kahba* Unlike the other nine books in The Middle East in Our Times series, this is the only book which does not cover a specific country, but rather a people. Indeed, the very title: The Palestinians: A People Dispersed highlights the distinct difference between this book and the others in the compendium. Yet, while distinctly different, The Palestinians could not have been written without consideration of the nine others books in the series. The Palestinian people were divided and dispersed throughout the Arab world and their story cannot be viewed in isolation of the surrounding Arab countries. Diplomatic, economic, cultural, linguistic, geographic and demographic ties brought them in contact with and integrally intertwined them with their Arab neighbors and brothers. * Mustafa Kabha is a senior lecturer at the Open University and a researcher in the areas of modern Middle Eastern history, the history of the Palestinian national movement, and Arab mass media. He is Dr. Mustafa Kahba uses both his unique standing the author of numerous books and articles in Arabic, English and Hebrew. as an Arab-Palestinian citizen of Israel, and his professional training as a world renowned historian and scholar to unravel the complex story of the Palestinian people, beginning with the Arab revolts “Like other Arab societies, the Palestinians, too, deliberate between their desire in Palestine between 1936-39 until the rise of to realize their modern, national aspirations and the fulfillment of the political Hamas. 2010, 320 pp. Islamic way of life.” Prof. Haggai Erlich, Introduction 29
  30. 30. Yair Auron* “Abusing the rights of man and remaining apathetic * Rights sold: English: USA, Transaction Publishers; German: Germany, AV Edition Verlag to the suffering of others, in effect, endangers the existence of the human race.” How do societies educate about genocides? What occurs within a society when it does not teach about genocide? This book focuses on genocide through an educational perspective. The author, a renown scholar and historian, agrees the subject is a difficult one to teach. Yet, by not doing so, Prof. Auron posits, societies are endangering their humanity. * Yair Auron is a professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. A There are no definitive answers. The book presents specialist on Holocaust and Genocide studies, he is the author of a diversity of perspectives, providing detailed The Banality of Indefference: Zionism and the Armenian Genocide (Transaction, 2000) and The Banality of Denial: Israel and the descriptions of how various countries, including Armenian Genocide (Transaction, 2003). Israel, commemorate the Holocaust and how the subject of genocide is taught. The books goal is to enable readers to design educational “Article 1: The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time programs imbued with sensitivity, understanding of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to and profound insight. prevent and to punish.” Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A 30 2003, 248 pp. of the United Nations General Assembly on December 9, 1948.
  31. 31. Moshe Garsiel* The two books of Samuel describe in great detail Volume 1 (2008, 284 pp.) the rise of the first monarchy in Israel, which helped Part 1: Introduction to the Book of Samuel shape the twelve tribes of Israel into a single, united Part 2: The end of the period of the Judges – Eli nation. and Samuel Part 3: The foundation of the monarchy Saul’s monarchy, as David’s, was plagued with internal and external problems, and Prof. Moshe Volume 2 (2008, 404 pp.) Garsiel examines each of these monarchies through Part 1: Saul’s wars against the Philistines and a multi-focal lens. The Rise of the Monarchy in Israel: Amalek Studies in the Book of Samuel, a four volume series, Part 2: The rise of David at Saul’s court provides a comprehensive study of Samuel I and II Part 3: The decline of Saul’s kingdom using actual Jewish texts, other historical sources, the results from archaeological finds and extensive Volume 3 (2008, 300, pp.) geographical data. Part1: The ascension of David to kingship Part 2: David’s army and his battles This series integrates historical and literary analysis, Part 3: The development of David’s kingdom and distilling the best from both disciplines and its organization “When Samuel saw Saul, G’d providing the reader with an in-depth perspective said to him: Here is the man of one of the most colorful times in the life of the I told you about. He will rule Volume 4 (2008, 352, pp.) Jewish nation. over my people.” Part 1: Crime and punishment – The story of David * Moshe Garsiel is professor emeritus of Bible in the Faculty of Jewish (Samuel I 9:17) and Bathsheba Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He has written numerous studies on Part 2: Revolts and discord in the latter days of the use of vocabulary items in biblical narratives, including Biblical Names: A Literary Study of Midrashic Derivations and Puns (Bar-Ilan David’s reign 31 University Press, 1991). Part 3: The ascension of Solomon to kingship
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