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The Lure of Anti-Semitism

Hatred of Jews in Present-Day France


Michel Wieviorka

Since the beginning of the 21st century France has seen the return of anti-Semitism with attacks, desecration of cemeteries, insults, and threats. This book is the outcome of a survey carried out by Michel Wieviorka along with a dozen sociologists. He examines different tracks: the possible links between anti-Semitism and the presence of a considerable Muslim population in France, the hypothesis of a meeting between Islamism and the anti-Semitic extreme left, as well as the hypothesis whereby the rise of anti-Semitism is connected with the evolution of the Jewish population in France which is increasingly attracted by a community-oriented way of life.
This book demonstrates that present-day anti-Semitism owes as much to factors internal to French society (the social, institutional, and political crisis) as it does to the projection of global issues on French soil, in particular those which originate in the Middle East. He demonstrates that this phenomenon has novel aspects, but its more classical features are also borne in mind. This rigorous and objective book is the first scientific study of present-day French anti-Semitism.

Roots of Theological Anti-Semitism

German Biblical Interpretation and the Jews, from Herder and Semler to Kittel and Bultmann


Anders Gerdmar

As Adolf Hitler strategised his way to power, he knew that it was necessary to gain the support of theology and the Church. This study begins two hundred years earlier, however, looking at roots of theological anti-Semitism and how Jews and Judaism were constructed, positively and negatively, in the biblical interpretation of German Protestant theology. Following the two main streams of German theology, the salvation-historical and the Enlightenment-oriented traditions, it examines leading exegetes from the 1750s to the 1950s and explores how theology legitimises or delegitimises oppression of Jews, in part through still-prevailing paradigms. This is the first comprehensive analysis of its kind, and the result of the analysis of the interplay between biblical exegesis and attitudes to Jews and Judaism is a fascinating and often frightening portrait of theology as a servant of power.

This book is also available in paperback.

Ulrich Wyrwa

1. Introduction: Secular Anti-Semitism or Christian Anti-Jewish Attitudes? The relationship between Christian anti-Judaism and secular anti-Semitism has been disputed since this new hostility emerged in nineteenth-century Europe and since the term anti-Semitism spread in European

Edited by Boris Belenkin

Anti-Semitism and Nationalism at the End of the Soviet Era

Over a thousand pieces of material evidence (leaflets, newspapers, posters, documents, photographs) documenting anti-Semitism and nationalism in the Soviet Union.

Riaz Hassan

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853109X436829 Asian Journal of Social Science 37 (2009) 452–462 Interrupting a History of Tolerance: Anti-Semitism and the Arabs Riaz Hassan Flinders University Abstract Th e anti-Semitic rhetoric of many Islamist groups is

Bergmann, Werner

1. Today the concept ‘anti-Semitism’ denotes any historical form of hostility toward Jews. The word's first publication, however, in 1879 (and doubtless first employed in the milieu of journalist Wilhelm Marr), was by German anti-Semites. They were seeking to denote a new form of antipathy toward

Colpe, Carsten (Berlin)

[German version] The term anti-Semitism, coined in 1879 by Wilhelm Marr, wrongly assumes the existence of a uniform race speaking the Semitic languages. It also integrates into the ideology, which underlies this error and is expressed in this self-characterization, earlier (Christian) religious

Popularizing Anti-Semitism in Early Modern Spain and its Empire

Francisco de Torrejoncillo and the Centinela contra Judíos (1674)


Francois Soyer

This book charts the history and influence of the most vitriolic and successful anti-Semitic polemic ever to have been printed in the early modern Hispanic world and offers the first critical edition and translation of the text into English. First printed in Madrid in 1674, the Centinela contra judíos (“Sentinel against the Jews”) was the work of the Franciscan Francisco de Torrejoncillo, who wrote it to defend the mission of the Spanish Inquisition, to call for the expansion of discriminatory racial statutes and, finally, to advocate in favour of the expulsion of all the descendants of converted Jews from Spain and its empire. Francisco de Torrejoncillo combined the existing racial, theological, social and economic strands within Spanish anti-Semitism to demonize the Jews and their converted descendants in Spain in a manner designed to provoke strong emotional responses from its readership.

Gudrun Krämer

anti-semitism in the muslim world 243 ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE MUSLIM WORLD. A CRITICAL REVIEW BY GUDRUN KRÄMER * (guest editor) Berlin Abstract Current debates on anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, or as it is often put, ‘in Islam’ focus on a number of issues: the status of Jews in Islam with

Alexander Flores

judeophobia in context 307 JUDEOPHOBIA IN CONTEXT: ANTI-SEMITISM AMONG MODERN PALESTINIANS BY ALEXANDER FLORES Bremen Abstract The article is a critical assessment of the claim that anti-Semitic attitudes are widespread among modern Palestinians and that they are to a large extent the cause of