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Dec 01 2010

Citizenship, Education and Social Conflict: Israeli Political Education in Global Perspective

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Edited by Prof. Hanan Alexander (Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education ), Halleli Pinson, Yossi Yona

Published by Routledge, November 2010

This volume provides new perspectives into the challenges of citizenship education in the age of globalization and in the context of multicultural and conflict-ridden societies. It calls on us to rethink the accepted liberal and national discourses that have long dominated the conceptualization and practice of citizenship and citizenship education in light of social conflict, globalization, terrorism, and the spread of an extreme form of capitalism.

The contributors of the volume identify the main challenges to the role of citizenship education in the context of globalization, conflicts and the changes to the institution of citizenship they entail and critically examine the ways in which schools and education systems currently address - and may be able to improve - the role of citizenship education in conflict-ridden and multicultural contexts.

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Nov 11 2010

Between Hebrew and Arabic Poetry

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31470Prof. Yosef Tobi (Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature)

Published by Brill, 2010

The book includes sixteen studies about medieval Hebrew poetry compared with Arabic poetry. It is well known that since the tenth century medieval Hebrew poets took Arabic poetry as the ultimate paradigm in terms of prosody, language purism and rhetorical devices and even in regard to poetical genres. However, the concept unifying all studies in this book is that a comparative examination must consider not only the identical elements in which Hebrew poetry borrowed from the Arabic one, but alos what is much more significant ג€“ what Hebrew poetry stubbornly set itself at a distance from Arabic poetry. The conclusive result of this sort of examination is that Hebrew poetry combined selectively borrowed Arabic poetical values with traditional ethical Jewish values to create a distinctive poetical school.

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Nov 11 2010

A History of the Jewish Community in Istanbul

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41826 Prof. Minna Rozen (Department of Jewish History)

Brill Academic Publishers, November 2010

This volume presents the transformation of the Greek-speaking, Romaniot Jewish community of Byzantine Constantinople into an Ottoman, ethnically diversified immigrant community, showing the influence of the Ottoman conquest on cultural and social values. New and existing sources illuminate a society that was haunted by the dislocation and bereavement of the expulsion from Spain but was nevertheless materialistic and pleasure-seeking, with money and pedigree as supreme values. The society constantly redefined its relationships and boundaries with its former Iberian world and with the Ottoman non-Jewish world around it. The book is important to the study of Istanbul, particularly its Ottoman Jewish community. The chapters on Family Formation and Social Patterns serve family historians studying the early modern period. This second edition contains several pages of corrections and additions.

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Nov 11 2010

Psychoanalysis and Theism

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0765707225 Edited by Prof. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Department of Psychology)

Published by Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers, July 2010

How should we approach the psychological study of religion, and how relevant is classical psychoanalysis, identified with the writings of Sigmund Freud, to the understanding of religion? Freud’s writings on religion have been discussed often and continue to attract attention and debate. Psychoanalysis and Theism starts with an essay by Adolf GrYnbaum, one of the world’s leading philosophers of science and an incisive critic of Freud’s work. GrYnbaum looks at Freud’s general claims about the psychological mechanisms involved in religion and finds them lacking. Then, in a surprising turn, GrYnbaum judges some of Freud’s interpretations of concrete religious ideas and practices to be not only cogent, but indispensable. Continue Reading »

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Nov 02 2010

From Alexander to Jesus

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11467_110Dr. Ory Amitay (Department of General History)

Published by University of California Press, October 2010

Scholars have long recognized the relevance to Christianity of the many stories surrounding the life of Alexander the Great, who claimed to be the son of Zeus. But until now, no comprehensive effort has been made to connect the mythic life and career of Alexander to the stories about Jesus and to the earliest theology of the nascent Christian churches. Ory Amitay delves into a wide range of primary texts in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew to trace Alexander as a mythological figure, from his relationship to his ancestor and rival, Herakles, to the idea of his divinity as the son of a god. In compelling detail, Amitay illuminates both Alexander’s links to Herakles and to two important and enduring ideas: that of divine sonship and that of reconciliation among peoples.

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Oct 11 2010

The Possibility/Impossibility of a New Critical Language in Education

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Prof. Ilan Gur-Ze’ev (Faculty of Education)

Published by Sense Publishers (August 2010)

The critique of Critical Pedagogy-in its current various trends and paths teaches me not only the shortcomings of various versions of Critical Pedagogy. No less important, it offers an invitation to a reflection on the limitations, costs, and open horizons of “critique” itself. It is an invitation to transcend “critique” as such. But what alternative do we have, and from where or with what ears might we listen to the music of the new call? What is it that awaits us outside the critical tradition that in an unproblematic manner we could use, internalize, or surrender ourselves to? Such questions reintroduce us to Utopia. They reintroduce us to the Utopia of the possibility of happiness of the kind that is neither made possible nor advocated by self-abandonment and enslavement/destruction of the otherness of the Other and the “I”. This book manifests a refusal to abandon Critical Theory’s telos; it offers no “solutions”, “victories of the oppressed”, and “emancipation”, neither does it promise “peace” and unproblematic “consensus”. On the contrary: all the eternal open, Diasporic individual can hope for is worthy Diasporic Love of Life, creativity, mature forms of togetherness, and eternal nomadism as a manifestation of co-poiesis.

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Jul 12 2010

Holocaust research journal goes international

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dapimIsrael’s and one of the world’s first scholarly journals on the Holocaust, published in conjunction with the University of Haifa’s Institute for Holocaust Research since 1979, is now being published in English as well as the original Hebrew. Dapim: Studies on the Shoah, The Journal of the David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation will be published as a bilingual multidisciplinary academic journal, appearing in both Hebrew and English beginning with its current volume. Continue Reading »

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Jul 07 2010

Exploring the Bhagavad Gita

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9780754666585.jkt copyDr. Ithamar Theodor (Department of Asian Studies)

Published by Ashgate, July 2010

The Bhagavad Gita is a unique literary creation but deciphering its meaning and philosophy is not easy or simple. This careful study of the Bhagavad Gita approaches the ancient text with a modern mind and offers a unifying structure which is of a universal relevance. Combining the philosophical-theoretical with the ethical-practical, Ithamar Theodor locates his study within comparative theology and identifies the various layers of meaning. The full text of the Bhagavad Gita is presented in new translation, divided into sections, and accompanied by in-depth commentary. This book makes the Bhagavad Gita accessible to a wide variety of readers, helping to make sense of this great spiritual classic which is one of the most important texts of religious Hinduism.

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Mar 24 2010

What We Know About Emotional Intelligence

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What We Know About Emotional Intelligence, a book by Prof. Moshe Zeidner, Director of the Laboratory for Research in Personality, Emotions, and Individual Differences at the University of Haifa, with G. Matthews and R. Roberts, has received the PROSE Award for the most outstanding book in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience for 2009.

The prestigious award was recently announced by the American Association of Publishers, including this work in its selection of the most outstanding professional and scholarly publications for 2009. What We Know About Emotional Intelligence: How It Affects Learning, Work, Relationship, and Our Mental Health was chosen by a panel of judges representing peer publishers, librarians and medical professionals.

The work, published by MIT Press, examines current knowledge about emotional intelligence - the ability to perceive, regulate, and communicate emotions, to understand emotions in ourselves and others - with the goal of translating it into practical recommendations in work, school, social, and psychological contexts. The authors discuss what emotional intelligence is, why the concept has such appeal today, how it develops, and its usefulness in the real world-in school curricula, the workplace, and treating psychological dysfunction.

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Feb 15 2010

Organizational Pathology

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d799d7a6d797d7a7-d7a1d79ed795d790d79cProf. Yitzhak Samuel (Department of Sociology and Anthropology)

Published by Transaction Publishers, 2010

Organizational Pathology draws an extended metaphor that the life cycle of an organization is akin to the biological life cycle. Like all living things, organizations will encounter problems that lead to decline and eventual failure. This work discusses the basic problems and life-threatening diseases responsible for organizations’ failure and death, including organizational politics, organizational corruption, and organizational crime. The book also contains critical work on crises and fixations; failure and survival; and processes of disbandment and closure of dying organizations. Continue Reading »

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