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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Riv-Ellen Prell; Riv-Ellen Prell

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2005, pp.7.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Culture and civilization)

Keywords: Academic Research; History; Theory; International Relations

Type: Other


The author introduces a series of articles (following this one in this publication) exploring how the field of Jewish studies is reexamining Jewish history through the lens of empire, a transnational form of political and economic power involving relationships that are as much about culture as they are about structure. The author explains that Jewish studies scholars are drawing increasingly on contemporary theories not only to illuminate the subject, but to rethink scholarship in light of it.