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Space, Memory and Jewish National Identity
By M.H. Ilias

First Published : 2008
ISBN : 8177081578
: 9788177081572
Pages : 210
Binding : Hardbound
Size : 5 x 9
Price : US$ 37

This book is an attempt to analyse the evolution of territorial orbit of the Jewish national identity through three seminal events in the Jewish history, namely diaspora, emigration to Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel. Parallel to it, this work seeks to analyse how space and memory as constituents of Jewish identity are refashioned in each stage in nationalist history, mustering up three overlapping areas of humanities and social science, viz. geography, memory and identity. It also examines community’s relations with geography and memory and their bid to create space and narratives to serve the purpose of the present. 

Thanks to the collage-like appearance of many political as well as sociological themes, the nationalist history of Jewish people has been a brilliant theme for vigorous academic study. It is of course a rallying point for three or more disciplines; primarily of politics, then, of course, of sociology, history and anthropology.

Academic works on Jewish nationalism in general and Zionism in particular are seen in abundance. The multitude of political as well as social features of this nationalism has attracted many scholars. However, the conventional characterisation in terms of basic choices between modern and traditional, secular and religious, universal and particular fail to measure the extent of dynamism and creative interplay of various interesting processes involved in it. Moreover, there are not many studies adequately dealing with evolution of these nationalisms from the angle of space and memory that are inseparably bound up with it.   

1. Introduction
Geography and Memory: Some Theoretical Reflections
Geography and its Different Expressions
Space/Place Dual in Spatial Discourse
Geography and Postmodernism
Territory, Province, Landscape and other Manifestations
Memory and Narration of Nation
Geography and National Identity
Territorialisation of National Identity
Territorialisation of Jewish National Identity

2. Jewish Diaspora and Place as an Element of Emancipation
Ancient State of Israel and Reference of ‘Place’ in the Bible
De-territorialisation of Jewish Identity and the Rise of Place-seeking Nationalism
Life in Ghettos and Religious Definition to Social Spaces
Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) and Reworking of Jewish Self
Jewish Entrepreneurship and Development of Capitalism
New Space of Enlightenment

3. Immigration and Territorialisation of Memory in Palestine
Recasting Identity in Ethnic National Terms
From a Pious Hope for Place to Social Space
Zionism: More to a Physical Space
The Question of Territoriality
Physical Space: Herzl’s Ambivalence
Aliya: Fixation of Identity over Place
Aliya: Repackaging Memory in Modern Ambience
Holocaust and Liberative Potential of Palestine

4. Geographies(s) of Nation Building
From National Home to the State
Civil Religion and Nationalization of Judaism
The Land and Oriental Fantasies
Nation and Persistence of Ethnic Elements
Territorialisation of Jewish National Identity
Universalism versus Particularism

5. Hebraicization of Map and Revival of Hebrew
Dominant Spaces of State and Mapping of Social Groups
Hebraicisation of Landscape
Judaisation of the Physical Space
Revival of Hebrew Language

6. Spatial Orbit to Jewish National Identity



M.H. Ilias completed his doctoral research in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Currently, he is teaching politics and international relations at Kunjali Marakkar Centre for West Asian Studies, University of Calicut, Kerala. His works include India-West Asia Relations: Understanding Cultural Interplays; Spectrum of Islam: Question of Plurality in Contemporary Islamic Debates and Kerala Muslims: Between Globality and Globalisation (forthcoming).

He has recently been awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Post-doctoral Research at Oxford University.

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