Haredim and the Study of Haredim in Israel: Reflections on a Recent Conference
Publication Date: January 2008
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.30-32.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Academic Research; Religious Denominations; Meeting
The author discusses trends in the academic study of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Judaism in Israel, as evidenced by a November 2007 conference at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. The author outlines the history of academic scholarship regarding Haredi Jews, and identifies three new promising themes in the field: the centrality of gender and the role of women as agents of change; the importance of newly affiliated and "converted" groups and their fusion into Haredi society; and changing relationships toward the state, citizenship and civil society.