The Tel Aviv Review

Not Just Jihad: Every War Is Holy in Its Own Way

Ron Hassner, professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses his book “Religion on the Battlefield”, which explores the place occupied by religious faith and practices in modern warfare.

Post-Zionism: A Post-Mortem

Eran Kaplan discusses his book “Beyond Post-Zionism”, a critical analysis of an intellectual fad that took the Israeli political and intellectual debate by storm in 1990s, and seems to have disappeared, since then, into thin air.

All the Middle East’s a Stage, and Jews and Arabs Merely Players

Dr. Lee Perlman discusses his new book, “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”, exploring several theater productions, all with a joint Jewish-Arab component, as a potential backdrop for peace building.

Zionesses: Women in Israeli Cinema

Dr. Rachel Harris discusses her new book, “Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema”. How do the evolving representations of women relate to broader changes in Israeli society and culture?

Rebel with a Cause: The Story of a Legendary Jewish Spy

Sarah Aaronsohn was a young Jewish woman who during the First World War operated a pro-British spy ring under the nose of the Ottoman authorities in Palestine. Her tumultuous life, tragic death, and considerable contribution to the Allied war effort are revisited in a new book.

Take Notice: The Power of the Unremarkable

How do our linguistic priorities characterize the way we perceive the world, and how do they reinforce cultural norms? Eviatar Zerubavel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, explains.

Are We Living in an Unprecedented Age of People Power?

Prof. Erica Chenoweth, a scholar of international relations, says that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-violent protests in the world. She knows because she counts them, rigorously; she also counts when they work and why.

On Hell and Other People: The Enduring Relevance of Existentialism

Dr. Dror Yinon reviews a series of lectures on Existentialism that recently took place at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He lays out the fundamentals of this philosophical tradition and analyzes its ongoing relevance in the age of populism and post-truth.

Living in Denial: A 21st-Century Story

Dr. Keith Kahn-Harris, a British sociologist and commentator, discusses his new book “Denial: The Unspeakable Truth.” It attempts to analyze the emergence and growing prevalence of denialism – a quasi-nihilist reflex that subsumed healthy skepticism and fact-based debate.

A Road to Forgiveness: How Societies Cope with Collective Trauma

How do societies recover from major violence and terrible injustice? How do they cope with collective trauma, perpetrators, guilt, and is there a road to forgiveness? Professor Ruti Teitel discusses her scholarly work on transitional justice.