Item description for Challenging Colonial Discourse: Jewish Studies And Protestant Theology In Wilhelmine Germany (Studies in European Judaism, V. 10) by Christian Wiese & Barbara Harshav...
On the basis of postcolonial theory, this study shows how Jewish scholars, in the controversies about the "essence" of Judaism and Christianity at the beginning of the 20th century, challenged the intellectual hegemony of Liberal Protestantism in Germany. By carefully examining the impact of the political circumstances - the loss of relevance of political liberalism, the spreading of antisemitism, and the crisis of Jewish identity in an age of contested emancipation and assimilation - on the theological discourse, it provides a critical analysis of anti-Jewish implications of Protestant theology in the 19th and 20th centuries and discusses the function of Jewish polemics against Protestant distortions of Jewish history, religion and culture. Furthermore, it develops important guidelines for a contemporary interdisciplinary relationship between Jewish Studies and Christian theology.
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CHRISTIAN WIESE is Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies and Professor at the History Department at Sussex University, Great Britain. He is the editor of Hans Jonas's memoirs, which are forthcoming in English from Brandeis University Press.
Christian Wiese was born in 1961 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Sussex, UK.