A Jew's Best Friend?: The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History

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Phillip Isaac Ackerman-Lieberman, Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, Rakefet Zalashik
Apollo Books, 2013 - Social Science - 283 pages
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A discussion on the specific cultural manifestations of the relationship between dogs and Jews, from ancient times to the present, this work covers a geographical range extending from the Middle East through Europe and to North America, while the contributors—all of whom are senior university scholars specializing in various disciplines—provide a unique cross-cultural, trans-national, diachronic perspective. An important theme is the constant tension between domination/control and partnership that underpins the relationship of humans to animals, as well as the connection between Jewish societies and their broader host cultures. A public increasingly interested in cultural history in general and Jewish history in particular will benefit from the diverse perspectives provided herein.

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Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman is an assistant professor in the program in Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University. An expert in Jewish and Islamic law, his most recent work has been as section editor for the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Rakefet Zalashik is a visiting fellow in the Corcoran department of history at the University of Virginia, as well as Württemberg guest chair in Israel, and near Eastern studies at the University of Heidelberg.

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