Current IssueJQ245 - August 2021
The New Middle East
Shifting Allies, Enemies and Loyalties
The New Middle East examines the dramatic changes unfolding in the region as new rivalries, blocs and partnerships are formed – based not on ideology, but on pragmatism. In a graceful, elegiac piece, Nir Baram seeks to understand Israelis’ sober realism and their fading hopes for peace with the Palestinians. Lina Khatib astutely questions whether the Middle East has bid farewell to the politics of ideology, and Elie Podeh provides an essential overview of the secret history of Israel’s normalisation agreements.
Also in this issue, Nancy Berliner playfully examines the world’s fascination with the Jews of Kaifeng, China, and Magda Teter traces the historical lineage of Simon of Trent and the blood libel. And in their probing book reviews, Anne Sebba and Deborah Levy evaluate stories of the Jewish collectors of pre-war France and Maria Stepanova’s meditation on memory.
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Next IssueJQ246 - November 2021
The Strange Death
and Curious Rebirth of the Israeli Left
This issue of The Jewish Quarterly examines the demise of Israel’s left, which dominated the nation’s politics for decades but is now weak, fragmented and shrinking. In a compelling essay, journalist and political commentator Anshel Pfeffer explores the left’s failure to articulate a persuasive vision of Israel’s national identity and future, and asks whether – and how – the left could revive as Israel enters a new political era. Also in this issue, historian Richard J. Evans investigates why Alfred Rosenberg, the chief ideologist of Nazism, became an anti-Semite, and academic and educator Rabbi Raphael Zarum unpacks the philosophy of Jonathan Sacks.