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Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the Politics of Definition

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  • Approaches the politics of definition from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Examines how and why definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia became a site of fierce political battles
  • Explores historical and political entanglements between the debates on antisemitism and Islamophobia

Part of the book series: Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism (PCSAR)

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This book, the first to explore the politics of definitions from an interdisciplinary perspective, encourages readers to reconsider the value and limits of definitions in confronting antisemitism and Islamophobia. In recent years, definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia have become central to the struggle to combat the hostility, harassment and discrimination experienced by Jews and Muslims. Yet these definitions have also provoked fierce controversy: critics have questioned whether they are fit for purpose, or have criticised them as unwelcome attempts to restrict freedom of expression. In this edited collection, historians, social scientists and philosophers reflect on definitions of antisemitism and Islamophobia in both the past and the present. Its contributors investigate the different historical contexts which have shaped definitions and examine their different political purposes and meanings, as well as addressing contemporary debates, and identifying ways forus to move beyond our current impasse. This book therefore provides a broad and new perspective from which to comprehend present day minority politics.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK

    David Feldman

  • Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

    Marc Volovici

About the editors

David Feldman is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

 

Marc Volovici is Alfred Landecker Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa, Israel.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Antisemitism, Islamophobia and the Politics of Definition

  • Editors: David Feldman, Marc Volovici

  • Series Title: Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-16266-4

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-16265-7Published: 06 June 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-16268-8Published: 06 June 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-16266-4Published: 05 June 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2946-4633

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-4641

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 294

  • Topics: Modern History, Judaism, Islam

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