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- DescriptionDiscussing the work of Emile Durkheim, the author of this study discounts the theory that there is anything essentially Jewish in his work. He seeks to show that Durkheim's sociology (especially his sociology of religion), was formed in relation to 19th and 20th century Jewish intellectual life in France. The book examines claims, some anti-Semitic, some t, for the Jewishness of Durkheim's work. In each case Strenski overturns the claim while showing that it can nevertheless open up a fruitful enquiry into the relation of Durkheim to French Jewry. For example, Strenski shows that Durkheim's celebration of ritual had innately Jewish source, but derived crucially from work on Hinduism by the Jewish Indologist Sylvain Levi, whose influence on Durkheim and his followers has never been ackwledged.
- Author BiographyIvan Strenski is the Holstein Family Community Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Four Theories of Myth in Twentieth Century History and Religion in Relation: Method, Application, and Moral Location.
- Author(s)Ivan Strenski
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication10/07/1997
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleChicago Studies in the History of Judaism
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note5 halftones
- Weight280 g
- Width139 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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