Israel and the problem of Jewish identity: State and identity politics in the Middle East
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Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
What is the meaning of Jewish sovereignty in Israel? This fundamental question, which touches upon Zionism’s complicated relation with its own Jewish roots and Israel’s subsequent contested claim to a non-religious Jewish identity stands at the core of Israeli politics, culture and society, and shapes the politics of the Middle East at large.
Yaacov Yadgar will offer a deeper view of the nature of the debate on Jewish identity politics in Israel. He will challenge some of the ‘taken for granted’ assumptions regarding the politics of ‘The Jewish State’, discussing, among other things, recent controversies that have dominated the international media regarding Israel.
Yaacov Yadgar is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford.