By Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger (Faculty of Law) and Amos Oz
Published by Yale University Press, November 2012
Why are words so important to so many Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, compose the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation.
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Edited by Dr. Mahmoud Yazbak (Department of Middle Eastern History) and Prof. Yfaat Weiss (Department of Land of Israel Studies)
Published by Republic of Letters Publishing, 2011
Haifa Before & After 1948, Narratives of a Mixed City is a voyage that 14 scholars and experts undertake through the cultural, political and social history of Haifa before and after the 1948 War. This volume, co-authored by Palestinians and Israelis - Arabs and Jews, mostly Israeli citizens, covers Haifa’s architecture and its social and cultural life during the Mandate period, the Arab-Israeli competition in the oil and soap industries, the history of Arab-Jewish inter-communal relations and cohabitation, commemoration in the German Colony of Haifa, the story of two houses that represent the narrative of Palestinians in Haifa and remembrances displayed through personal accounts of the cold winter in 1950.
By Michael Keren (Department of Political Science) and Shlomit Keren
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, September 2010
This book tells the little-known stories of three all-Jewish battalions formed in the British army as part of the Allies’ Middle East campaign, recruiting soldiers from the United States, Canada, England, and Argentina. Many of the soldiers, ranging widely in education level, social class, and combat experience, were displaced immigrants or children of such immigrants. Together, they coalesced into the all-Jewish battalions: “the liberators of the Promised Land.” Continue Reading »
By Prof. Ronny Reich (Department of Archaeology)
Published by Israel Exploration Society, 2011
It was archaeological research over the past 150 years that identified Jerusalem’s southeastern hill, outside the Old City walls, as the City of David mentioned in the Bible. In retrospect, this is obviously the case, since this is the only hill in the central Judean Mountains near which a year-round spring flows, and upon which remains from the Bronze and Iron Ages are found.
The growing realization that this hill is indeed the most ancient part of Jerusalem led many scholars to excavate there. Since the first excavation, by Charles Warren in 1867, and to the present, 14 archaeological expeditions have dug here, and about 12 archaeological probes have been undertaken. In terms of the number of expeditions, that makes the City of David hill the most excavated site in Israel. British, German, French, and Israeli teams have dug here under four different governments (Ottoman, British Mandate, Jordanian and Israeli), producing an impressive quantity of data. Some of these remains are uniquely important, including the Siloam Tunnel, the Warren’s Shaft system, the Siloam Inscription, the Theodotos Inscription and the Pool of Siloam.
This book begins with the chronological story of a century and a half of excavation and study of the City of David hill. It then summarizes the history of the hill from prehistoric times to the renewal of Jewish presence at the end of the Ottoman period.
The University of Haifa launches HEIGHTS, its new English-language magazine, providing an exciting glimpse at the latest in research, programs and events at the University.
The advanced internet edition enables the reader to flip through the pages, enlarge for easier reading, and move the cursor over the texts to reveal dozens of links for more information.
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Edited by Prof. David Roe (Department of Community Mental Health), Prof. Abraham Rudnick (University of Western Ontario)
Published by Radcliffe Publishing, August 2011
Practical and evidence-based, this unique book is the first comprehensive text focused on person-centered approaches to people with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It reflects a range of views and findings regarding assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, self-help, policy-making, education and research.
It is highly recommended for all healthcare professionals, students, researchers and educators involved in general practice, psychiatry, nursing, social work, clinical psychology and therapy. Healthcare service providers, and policy makers and shapers, will find the book’s wide-ranging, multi-professional approach enlightening.
By Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel (Chair of the Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies ), Prof. Susan Weinger (Western Michigan University)
Published by University Press of America, Inc., July 2011
Deafening silence generally surrounds the sexual abuse perpetrated against child Survivors of the Holocaust by their saviors and captors. In this book, child Survivors who endured two of the most severe traumas-the Holocaust and sexual abuse-bravely tell their stories to prevent this crucial aspect of the Holocaust from being buried and left virtually unknown to the world. Continue Reading »
Prof. Yoav Gelber (Department of Land of Israel Studies)
Published by Vallentine Mitchell, February 2011
During the last 20 years, Israel has reached unprecedented prosperity, yet it is haunted by existential fears for its future, identity, and survival. Israel’s legitimacy is under assault from within and without by a coalition of left-wing radicals, Palestinians and their sympathizers, and Muslim fundamentalists. All these groups deny the existence of a Jewish nation and argue that Jews do not need a nation state. Hence, Israel should either disappear completely or become ‘a state of all its citizens’ devoid of any Jewish symbol or identity. The origins of this campaign are twofold. One derives from the traditional opposition that has accompanied Zionism from its inception. The second is contemporary, articulating the post-ist fads that swamped the West since the 1980s. The past occupies a prominent place in this crusade that aims at the present and future. Traditional historiography, scientific and pseudo-scientific, and the new vogue of memory and narrative, that claims to be the true history of human experience, are equally abused to delegitimize Israel. This book follows these two paths, while avoiding disputes over current political issues. First, it portrays the disciplinary background - the evolution of the modern history discipline. Subsequently, it focuses on the conflicting approaches to the cardinal issue of Zionism’s essence: Is it a national liberation movement of European origin that offered a solution to the modern Jewish Question in a world of nationalities? Or is it a colonial movement that oppressed equally Arabs and oriental Jews?
By Prof. David Roe (Head, Department of Community Mental Health), Patrick W. Corrigan, Hector W. H. Tsang
Published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, January 2011
Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness offers practical strategies for addressing the harmful effects of stigma attached to mental illness. It considers both major forms of stigma: public stigma, which is prejudice and discrimination endorsed by the general population; and self-stigma, the loss of self-esteem and efficacy that occurs when an individual internalizes prejudice and discrimination.
* Invaluable guide for professionals and volunteers working in any capacity to challenge discrimination against mental illness
* Contains practical worksheets and intervention guidelines to facilitate the implementation of specific anti-stigma approaches
* Authors are highly experienced and respected experts in the field of mental illness stigma research
Edited by Prof. Amatzia Baram (Head of the Center for Iraq Studies; Department of Middle Eastern Studies), Dr. Ronen Zeidel (Center for Iraq Studies; Department of Middle Eastern Studies), Achim Rohde (Georg Eckert Institute)
Published by Macmillan, December 2010
A fresh look at Iraqi history through the twentieth century until today, this book identifies continuities and breaks in the Iraqi experience. It combines chapters that provide each an expansive bird’s-eye view of a key issue spanning a century with chapters that focus on more specific case studies that have been largely overlooked so far but such that are of great significance for Iraq’s present and future. Some of the events and developments discussed were enforced from the outside and some grew out of particular and historically changing configurations within Iraqi society, but all are highly relevant to the understanding of contemporary Iraq. Continue Reading »