The Origins of Israeli Mythology: Neither Canaanites Nor Crusaders


The Origins of Israeli Mythology: Neither Canaanites Nor Crusaders
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 2012-01-23
ISBN-10: 1107014093
ISBN-13: 9781107014091
Language: English
Pages: 276
Added: 2012-06-12 11:32:55

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. Show more Show less 4b0b4ea18970103c693d52da6f7ff39f

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