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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192898685
Number of Pages: 320
Published: 20/05/2021
Width: 14.3 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
The Idea of Semitic Monotheism examines some major aspects of the scholarly study of religion in the long nineteenth century--from the Enlightenment to the First World War. It aims to understand the new status of Judaism and Islam in the formative period of the new discipline. Guy G. Stroumsa focuses on the concept of Semitic monotheism, a concept developed by Ernest Renan around the mid-nineteenth century on the basis of the postulated and highly problematic contradistinction between Aryan and Semitic families of peoples, cultures, and religions. This contradistinction grew from the Western discovery of Sanskrit and its relationship with European languages, at the time of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Together with the rise of scholarly Orientalism, this discovery offered new perspectives on the East, as a consequence of which the Near East was demoted from its traditional status as the locus of the Biblical revelations. This innovative work studies a central issue in the modern study of religion. Doing so, however, it emphasizes the new dualistic taxonomy of religions had major consequences and sheds new light on the roots of European attitudes to Jews and Muslims in the twentieth century, up to the present day.

Guy G. Stroumsa (Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Emeritus of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University of Oxford)

Guy G. Stroumsa is Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor Emeritus of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Oxford. His publications include The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity (2015), The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions (co-edited with Adam J. Silverstein, 2015), and Self and Self-Transformations in the History of Religions (co-edited with David Shulmam; 2002). He is also a series editor of the Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions series, with Adam J. Silverstein.

Necessary reading for those interested in the study of religion; changing attitudes to Abrahamic religions; Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad; or the development of philosophical underpinnings that led, in part, to modern anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. * S. Ward, Choice Connect * This is an impressive and salutary study that reminds biblical scholars of the centrality of Hebrew Bible texts and ideas in the darker parts of European history and culture. * HYWEL CLIFFORD, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament *

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