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Christian Israel

Herman, Didi (2019) Christian Israel. In: Cooper, Davina and Dawan, Nikita and Newman, Janet, eds. Re-Imagining the State: theoretical challenges and transformative possibilities. Social Justice . Routledge, London, pp. 114-132. ISBN 978-0-8153-8215-7. E-ISBN 978-1-351-20911-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:69060)

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Abstract

This chapter contributes to two rarely connected fields – the critical study of Christianity and critical scholarship on Israel. It discusses Israel as an example of the formative power of Christianity and Christendom – how Christianity, as a social and political force, has been instrumental in the making and sustaining of Israel. The chapter also shows why the concept of Christianity is highly relevant to our understandings of Israeli state formation, even if, indeed perhaps because of, how progressive scholarship largely ignores it. The aim is not to replace concepts such as ‘settler colony’, ‘race’ or ‘apartheid’, but to argue that Christianity is also foundational. In critical scholarship, Israel is usually conceived as no more (nor less) than a Western settler colony engaged in a project of dispossession and genocide against an indigenous population. However, if Israel is also understood in its Christian-inflected historical, regional and spiritual contexts, imaginings of its past, present and futures may be enhanced. The story of Christianity in the making of Israel is a neglected one that this chapter intends to elucidate.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Israel, Christianity
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2018 14:26 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69060 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Herman, Didi: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5691-5793
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