Religion and Nationalism in the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu Worlds

[RG #102] Religion and Nationalism in Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu Worlds

September 1, 2005 - February 28, 2006

Organizers:

Hedva Ben-Israel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Yosef Salmon (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Emmanuel Sivan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Nationalism is one of the prominent subjects in scholarly discourse. There is a great deal of disagreement over its origins, essence, impact and degree of historical "naturalness", as well as its connection with religion. This relationship is riddled with paradox. Nationalism and religion appear sometimes as related and sometimes as opposed forces. Many historians and social scientists tend to see nationalism as a modern, political and secular phenomenon prompted by social and economic conditions that could emerge only after the decline of religion and as a substitute for it. Our choice of subject was prompted partly by the academic controversy and partly by contemporary cases where nationalist fervor and religious devotion are found together. It is also apparent that more historians are finding that in the past, too, many cases of nationalism were allied with religion or inspired by it. The purpose of our group is to compare the role of the three monotheistic religions and Hinduism in different cases of nationalism.

 

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Yagnik Achyut

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Setu Center for Social Knowledge and Action
Yagnik is a professor at the Setu Center for Social Knowledge and Action.
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Hedva Ben-Israel

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hedva is a professor in the History Department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Israel Gershoni

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Tel Aviv University
Israel is a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.
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Maurice Kriegel

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EHESS
Maurice is a professor in the Centre d'Etudes Juives at EHESS.
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Meir Litvak

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Tel Aviv University
Israel is a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.
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Avi Ravitzki

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Avi is a professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Yosef Salmon

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Yosef is a professor in the Department of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
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Ornit Shani

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Tel Aviv University
Ornit is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.
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Emmanuel Sivan

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Emmanuel is a professor in the Department of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests are Islamic radicalism and the nation state.

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