By David Nirenberg
A robust background that exhibits anti-Judaism to be a relevant state of mind within the Western tradition.
This incisive background upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes within the Western culture. With deep studying and magnificence, David Nirenberg indicates how foundational anti-Judaism is to the heritage of the West.
Questions of ways we're Jewish and, extra significantly, how and why we aren't were churning in the Western mind's eye all through its historical past. historic Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of each interval; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in developing their visions of the area. The thrust of this practice construes Judaism as an competition, a probability usually from inside of, to be criticized, attacked, and eradicated. The intersections of those rules with the realm of power—the Roman destruction of the second one Temple, the Spanish Inquisition, the German Holocaust—are renowned. The methods of notion underlying those tragedies are available on the very origin of Western background.
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Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg