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Haredim and the Study of Haredim in Israel: Reflections on a Recent Conference

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Publication Date: January 2008

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

Author(s): Kimmy Caplan; Nurit Stadler; Kimmy Caplan; Nurit Stadler

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2008, pp.30-32.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Orthodox Judaism; Academic Research; Religious Denominations; Meeting

Type: Report


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.