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Maurice Fishberg and the Ambiguities of Jewish Identity

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Publication Date: January 2007

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

Author(s): Mitchell Hart; Mitchell Hart

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2007, pp.20-22.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Publications; Race; Jewish Identification; Judaic Studies

Type: Book Review


The author discusses a newly republished book which was originally published in 1911, Maurice Fishberg's "The Jews: A Study of Race and Environment". The author contends that the reason for the nearly century-old book's continued relevance is its complex and sophisticated treatment of the question of whether or not the Jews are a race. Fishberg's position is a nuanced mix of yes and no, the author explains.