9781503607590-1503607593-Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

ISBN-13: 9781503607590
ISBN-10: 1503607593
Edition: 1
Author: Zerubavel, Yael
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback 368 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781503607590
ISBN-10: 1503607593
Edition: 1
Author: Zerubavel, Yael
Publication date: 2018
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback 368 pages

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Acknowledged authors Zerubavel, Yael wrote Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) comprising 368 pages back in 2018. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1503607593 and 9781503607590. Since then Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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At once an ecological phenomenon and a cultural construction, the desert has varied associations within Zionist and Israeli culture. In the Judaic textual tradition, it evokes exile and punishment, yet is also a site for origin myths, the divine presence, and sanctity. Secular Zionism developed its own spin on the duality of the desert as the romantic site of Jews' biblical roots that inspired the Hebrew culture, and as the barren land outside the Jewish settlements in Palestine, featuring them as an oasis of order and technological progress within a symbolic desert. Yael Zerubavel tells the story of the desert from the early twentieth century to the present, shedding light on romantic-mythical associations, settlement and security concerns, environmental sympathies, and the commodifying tourist gaze. Drawing on literary narratives, educational texts, newspaper articles, tourist materials, films, popular songs, posters, photographs, and cartoons, Zerubavel reveals the complexities and contradictions that mark Israeli society's semiotics of space in relation to the Middle East, and the central role of the "besieged island" trope in Israeli culture and politics.

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