Tel Aviv Review

Mizrahi Jews and Palestinian Arabs: A Bilateral Triangle?

Prof. Hillel Cohen, historian of the Middle East at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses his new book, which attempts to define Mizrahi politics in historical and contemporary contexts

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The Birth of a Nation: The Diplomatic Backstory of Israel’s Establishment

Prof. Jeffrey Herf discusses his new book which analyzes how Israeli independence benefited from the changing international landscape in the “twilight” period between the Second World War and the Cold War

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Tantura: The Massacre That Was

Filmmaker Alon Schwarz discusses his new documentary, Tantura, which reopens an episode from Israel’s War of Independence and a controversy that erupted in the 1990s

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Night Comes On: Ottoman Cities After Dark

Prof. Avner Wishnitzer discusses his book “As Night Falls: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Cities After Dark,” a groundbreaking social history of Istanbul and Jerusalem on the cusp of modernity

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Not an Oxymoron: Secular Believers in Israel

Prof. Hagar Lahav discusses her book “Women, Secularism and Belief: A Sociology of Belief in the Jewish-Israeli Secular Landscape”

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Groundhog Election Day? Analyzing the Deep Trends of Israeli Politics

Prof. Gideon Rahat discusses the insights that emanate from a recent book he co-edited with Prof. Michal Shamir. Is there any reason to believe that Israel’s fifth general election in two and a half years will be any different?

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Mutual Exclusion: The Plight and Hope of a Left-Wing Religious Zionist

Mikhael Manekin, former director of Breaking the Silence and Molad, discusses his new book, “A Dawn of Redemption,” an attempt to address the ostensible contradiction between his progressive politics and his Modern Orthodox devotion

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Civil Society in an Islamic State: The Case of Charity in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Nora Derbal, an Islamic Studies scholar and a Martin Buber Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses her book, “Charity in Saudi Arabia: Civil Society Under Authoritarianism”

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The State of Religion and State

Shlomit Ravitsky-Tur Paz discusses some recent findings – some unprecedented – from the new Israel Democracy Institute biannual statistical report on religion and state, published this week

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High and Holy

Haggai Ram, professor of Middle East History at Ben Gurion University, discusses his book, “Intoxicating Zion: A Social History of Hashish in Mandatory Palestine and Israel”

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