Special Issue "The Return of Religious Antisemitism?"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019) | Viewed by 18702
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Interests: antisemitism; prejudices; perceptions of the Holocaust
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Antisemitism has risen again in many countries since the beginning of the 21st century. Jew-hatred and discrimination against Jews have a long tradition both in Christianity and Islam. In the 19th century, animosity against Judaism gave way to nationalistic and racist motives. People like Wilhelm Marr called themselves antisemites to distinguish themselves from those who despised Jews for religious reasons. Today, Jews are often attacked in the name of human rights. They are accused of supporting crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Jewish State. However, many religious motifs of Jew-hatred, such as the accusation of killing Christ or the accusation of falsifying Islamic scripture, are still relevant today, and perhaps increasingly so in some denominations. Other religious tropes have been secularized, such as the accusation of ritual murder of Christian children that has been transformed into the accusation of purposeful killings of Palestinian children. What role do religious motifs play in the resurgence of antisemitism in the 21st century, be it directly in religious forms, or indirectly in secularized ways?
Papers on case studies on antisemitism within certain denominations or on certain religious motifs will be welcome, as are comparative essays.
Prof. Dr. Gunther Jikeli
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- religious motifs
- ritual murder