Israel's Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State

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Lexington Books, 2006 - Political Science - 311 pages
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In Israel's Higher Law, Steven V. Mazie draws on the voices of Israeli citizens to shed new light on the relationship between liberal democracy and religion. By analyzing Israelis' perspectives on a number of divisive issues including Jewish state symbols, marriage law, public Sabbath observance and funding for religious education Mazie identifies a rift between Israeli and American understandings of "separation of religion and state" and a gulf between Jewish and Arab citizens' visions for Israel's religion-state arrangement. Mazie's compelling study offers more valuable insight into these dilemmas than any publication to date and proposes new guidelines for resolving them. Israel's Higher Law is the definitive work on the tensions between religion and democracy in Israel. It is a must-read for anyone interested in politics and Jewish studies."
 

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Contents

Beyond Separation
3
The Jewish State
23
ThirtyOne Israelis
49
Israel in the Eyes of Israelis
81
Controversies Among Israeli Jews
143
Kashrut Shabbat and Religious Education
145
Marriage Law
165
Military Service
189
Symbols
213
Land
235
Lessons From Israel
255
Interview Guides
285
Bibliography
293
Index
305
About the Author
313
Copyright

Controversies Between Israeli Arabs and Jews
211

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About the author (2006)

Steven V. Mazie is Assistant Professor of Politics at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan and has taught previously at Bard College, New York University, and the University of Michigan.

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