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Author Ohana, David.
Title Lo Kena Ľanim, lo Tsalvanim. English
The origins of Israeli mythology : neither Canaanites nor crusaders / David Ohana ; translated by David Maisel.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Author Ohana, David.
Subject National characteristics, Israeli.
Jews -- Israel -- Identity.
Israel -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 266 pages)
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Note Translated from the Hebrew.
Summary "This book examines Israeli identity by exploring its historical narratives, such as the crusader and Canaanite challenges and proposes a new meta-narrative - Mediterraneanism"--Provided by publisher.
"We claim that Zionism as a meta-narrative has been formed through contradiction to two alternative models, the Canaanite and crusader narratives. These narratives are the most daring and heretical assaults on Israeli-Jewish identity, which is umbilically connected to Zionism. The Israelis, according to the Canaanite narrative, are from this place and belong only here; according to the crusader narrative, they are from another place and belong there. On the one hand, the mythological construction of Zionism as a modern crusade describes Israel as a Western colonial enterprise planted in the heart of the East and alien to the area, its logic, and its peoples, whose end must be degeneration and defeat. On the other hand, the nativist construction of Israel as neo-Canaanism, which defined the nation in purely geographical terms as an imagined native community, demands breaking away from the chain of historical continuity. Those are the two greatest anxieties that Zionism and Israel needed to encounter and answer forcefully. The Origins of Israeli Mythology seeks to examine the intellectual archaeology of Israeli mythology, as it reveals itself through the Canaanite and crusader narratives"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Promethean Hebrew -- 3. The Canaanite challenge -- 4. The nativist theology -- 5. The crusader anxiety -- 6. The Mediterranean option -- 7. Epilogue: looking out to sea.
Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. The Promethean Hebrew; 3. The Canaanite challenge; 4. The nativist theology; 5. The crusader anxiety; 6. The Mediterranean option; 7. Epilogue: looking out to sea.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139224611 (electronic bk.)
1139224611 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 778376753
Additional Format Print version: Ohana, David. Lo Kena Ľanim, lo Tsalvanim. English. Origins of Israeli mythology. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9781107014091 (DLC) 2011022028 (OCoLC)730114520

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