The Hyphen Cannot Hold

Contemporary Trends in Religious-Zionism

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  • 1 Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA hkatsman@gmail.com
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Abstract

This article presents an innovative sociological framework to discuss recent social, ideological, and religious trends within the Religious-Zionist sector in Israel. The article challenges the prevalent conceptualization of Religious-Zionism as a sui generis ideology. Contrary to researchers who emphasize the synthesis of religion and Zionism in the Religious-Zionist ideology, the author argues that the Religious-Zionist identity is based primarily on social connections (kinship, geographical, institutional) between the members of the group. The author uses this approach to make sense of recent Religious-Zionist trends: post-Zionism, the ‘religious-lite’, Orthodox feminism, and neo-liberalism.

Contributor Notes

HAYIM KATSMAN is a doctoral candidate at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on religious nationalism in Israel/Palestine, and he is currently completing his dissertation on contemporary Religious Zionism. E-mail: hkatsman@gmail.com

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