Synopses & Reviews
This book is an analysis of the affinities and interactions between Indic and Judaic civilizations from ancient through contemporary times. The contributors to this volume come together to propose new and global understanding of patterns of commerce and culture, to reconfigure how we understand the way great cultures interact, and to present a new constellation of diplomacy, literature, and geopolitics.
This collection analyzes the affinities and interactions between Indic and Judaic civilizations from ancient to contemporary times. The contributors propose a new, global understanding of commerce and culture, to reconfigure how we understand the way great cultures interact, and present a new constellation of diplomacy, literature, and geopolitics.
About the Author
Nathan Katz is Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University. Ranabir Chakravarti is Professor of Ancient History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Braj M. Sinha is Professor of Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Shalva Weil is Senior Researcher at the Research Institute for Innovation in Education, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Table of Contents
Introduction--Nathan Katz * Part I: Historical Studies, Ancient and Medieval
* Reaching out to Distant Shores: Indo-Judaic Trade Contacts (up to CE 1300)--Ranabir Chakravarti * Traders and Ideas: Indians and Jews--Brian Weinstein * Hindus and Hinduism in Medieval Jewish Literature--Richard G. Marks * Part II: Comparative Religious Studies
* Beyond Hegemony: Hinduisms, Judaisms, and the Politics of Comparison--Barbara A. Holdrege * Divine Anthropos and Cosmic Tree: Hindu and Jewish Mysticism in Comparative Perspective--Braj M. Sinha * The State of the Art of Hindu-Jewish Dialogue--Nathan Katz * Part III: Jewish (and Near-Jewish) Communities in India
* New Research, Discoveries and Paradigms: A Report on the Current Study of Kerala Jews--Barbara C. Johnson * On Origins, the Arts, and Transformed Identities: Foci of Research into the Bene Israel--Shalva Weil * The Baghdadi Jews of India: Perspectives on the Study and Portrayal of a Community--Joan Roland * Tribal Jews--Tudor Parfitt * Part IV: Contemporary Interactions in Polity, Political Discourse, and Diplomacy
* Describing the "Other," Describing the "Self:" Jews, Hindu Reformers and Indian Nationalists--Yulia Egorova * India and Israel: The Diplomatic History--P.R. Kumaraswamy * India and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Shifting Strategic Focus--Dinesh Kumar * The Multicultural Issue in India and Israel--Some Reflections--Margaret Chatterjee