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Benbassa, Esther

Works: 150 works in 518 publications in 6 languages and 9,202 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Autobiographies  Diaries  Records and correspondence  Encyclopedias 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Director, Composer, Other, Interviewee, Creator, Redactor, 070, Thesis advisor
Classifications: DS135.F8, 944.004924
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Most widely held works about Esther Benbassa
Most widely held works by Esther Benbassa
The Jews of France : a history from antiquity to the present by Esther Benbassa( )

47 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 4 languages and held by 2,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the first English-language edition of a general, synthetic history of French Jewry from antiquity to the present, Esther Benbassa tells the intriguing tale of the social, economic, and cultural vicissitudes of a people in diaspora. She reveals the diversity of Jewish life throughout France's regions, while showing how Jewish identity has constantly redefined itself in a country known for both the Rights of Man and the Dreyfus affair. Beginning with late antiquity, she charts the migrations of Jews into France and traces their fortunes through the making of the French kingdom, the Revolution, the rise of modern anti-Semitism, and the current renewal of interest in Judaism." "Reinterpreting such themes as assimilation, acculturation, and pluralism, Benbassa finds that French Jews have integrated successfully without always risking loss of identity."--Jacket
A Sephardi life in Southeastern Europe : the autobiography and journal of Gabriel Arié, 1863-1939 by Gabriel Arié( )

14 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Autobiographical texts are rare in the Sephardi world. Gabriel Arie's writings provide a special perspective on the political, economic, and cultural changes undergone by the Eastern Sephardi community in the decades before its dissolution, in regions where it had been constituted since the expulsion from Spain in 1492. His history is a fascinating memoir of the Sephardi and Levantine bourgeoisie of the time. For his entire life, Arie - teacher, historian, community leader and businessman - was caught between East and West. Born in a small provincial town in Ottoman Bulgaria in 1863, he witnessed the disappearance of a social and political order that had lasted for centuries and its replacement by new ideas and new ways of life, which would irreversibly transform Jewish existence." "A Sephardi Life in Southeastern Europe publishes in full the autobiography (covering the years 1863-1906) and journal (1906-39) of Gabriel Arie, along with selections from his letters to the Alliance Israelite Universelle. An introduction by Esther Benbassa and Aron Rodrigue analyzes his life and examines the general and the Jewish contexts of the Levant at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries."--BOOK JACKET
Israel, the impossible land by Jean-Christophe Attias( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of how Israel has been represented and viewed within Jewish culture from Biblical times to the present. [back cover]
Sephardi Jewry : a history of the Judeo-Spanish community, 14th-20th centuries by Esther Benbassa( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Until the publication of this history of the Sephardi diaspora, only limited attention had been given to the distinctive Judeo-Spanish cultural entity that flourished in the Balkans and Asia Minor for more than four centuries. Esther Benbassa and Aron Rodrigue show how Sephardi society and culture developed in the Levant, sharing language, religion, customs, and communal life, during prosperous times and during the declining fortunes of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries."--BOOK JACKET
Suffering as identity : the Jewish paradigm by Esther Benbassa( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reaching from biblical times to the present day, Esther Benbassa's exploration of Jewish identity is both epic and comprehensive. She shows how in the Jewish world the representation and ritualization of suffering has shaped the history of both the people and the religion. Benbassa argues that the nineteenth century gave rise to a Jewish "lachrymose" historiography, and that Jewish history was increasingly seen to be a "valley of tears"--A development that has become even more dominant since the Holocaust." "The treatment of the Holocaust in the State of Israel now has the form of a civil religion. In principle within reach of everyone, the "duty of memory" and the uniqueness of the genocide have mitigated for many Jews the loss of other traditions. Every time Israel perceives a threat to its existence, the memory of the Holocaust is invoked - which ensures that suffering continues to be a central part of Jewish identity, and also positions the State of Israel as a redemptive force."--Jacket
The Jews and their future : a conversation on Judaism and Jewish identities by Esther Benbassa( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors pose a number of controversial questions that challenge prevailing myths and attitudes about Judaism, upsetting conformist discourses and received ideas. What if the Jews were not the "descendants" of the Hebrews? What if the Jewish Book was more the Talmud than the Bible? What if medieval judeophobia could not be identified with modern anti-Semitism? What if orthodoxy was not a return to cultural origins but a new creation? What if Zionism had succeeded precisely thanks to its failures?
The Jew and the other by Esther Benbassa( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jews of the Balkans : the Judeo-Spanish community, 15th to 20th centuries by Esther Benbassa( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a history of the Sephardi diaspora in the Balkans. The two principal axes of the study are the formation and features of the Judeo-Spanish culture area in South-eastern Europe and around the Aegean littoral, and the disintegration of this community in the modern period. The great majority of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 eventually went to the Ottoman Empire. With their command of Western trades and skills, they represented a new economic force in the Levant. In the Ottoman Balkans, the Jews came to reconstitute the bases of their existence in the semi-autonomous spheres allowed to them by their new rulers. This segment of the Jewish diaspora came to form a certain unity, based on a commonality of the Judeo-Spanish language, culture, and communal life. The changing geopolitics of the Balkans and the growth of European influence in the nineteenth century inaugurated a period of Westernization. European influence manifested itself in the realm of education, especially in the French education dispensed in the schools of the Alliance Israelite Universelle with its headquarters in Paris. Other European cultures and languages came to the scene through similar means. Cultural movements such as the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) also exerted a distinct influence, thus building bridges between the Ashkenazi and Sephardi worlds. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries also saw the emergence of nationalist movements in the area. New exclusivist nation-states emerged. The Sephardi diaspora fragmented with changing frontiers following wars and the rise of new rulers. The local Jewish communities had to integrate and to insert themselves into new structures and regimes under the Greeks, Bulgarians, Yugoslavs, and Turks, which destroyed the autonomy of the communities. The traditional way of life disintegrated. Zionism emerged as an important movement. Waves of emigration as well as the Holocaust put an end to Sephardi life in the Balkans. Except for a few remnants, a community that had flourished in the area for over 400 years disappeared in the middle of the twentieth century
Dictionnaire des racismes, de l'exclusion et des discriminations( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in French and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ce livre présente et analyse les préjugés racistes et les pratiques discriminatoires des origines à nos jours : l'idée de l'Autre étranger, objet de peur et de rejet, est certes aussi vieille que l'humanité elle-même. Couleur de peau, origine ethnique ou géographique, religion, genre, pauvreté, orientation sexuelle, handicap, toute différence sensible ou imaginée peut devenir prétexte au déchaînement de la haine et de la violence. Pourtant, ceux qui ont subi cette haine et cette violence ont résisté et ont produit des cultures plurielles, qui ont marqué la civilisation
Haim Nahum : a Sephardic chief rabbi in politics, 1892-1923 by Haïm Nahoum( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionnaire de civilisation juive : auteurs, oeuvres, notions by Jean-Christophe Attias( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in French and Russian and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travers 350 notices exhaustives, l'ouvrage présente les concepts, principales oeuvres et biographies qui ont façonné la civilisation juive. Tous les domaines sont abordés : Bible, littérature rabbinique ancienne et médiévale, langue et littératures juives, art, symboles, courants, éducation, culte et pratique religieuse, histoire politique des Juifs
Juifs des Balkans : espaces judéo-ibériques, XIVe-XXe siècles by Esther Benbassa( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ch. 5 (pp. 269-312), "La destruction de l'aire culturelle sépharade, Shoa et émigration", deals with the interwar and Holocaust periods in the Balkans and in Turkey. Describes the situation in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia, and the level of antisemitism in these countries between the wars. Mentions that in Turkey, as well as in Greece, there was no tradition of antisemitic ideology; antisemitism was a manifestation of anti-minority xenophobia. In the 1920s, fascist-style organizations appeared in Greece. Focuses on the fate of the Sephardic Jews during the Second World War, dealing with differences between countries occupied by Nazis (e.g. Serbia and northern Greece), occupied by Italians (southern Greece), relatively independent (e.g. Bulgaria), and neutral (Turkey). Describes the process of extermination of the Jews of Serbia and Salonika, and massacres of the Jews in "independent Croatia". Examines the special situation in Bulgaria where the Jews survived the Holocaust, and in Turkey where tax legislation impoverished the Jewish community
Les Sépharades en littérature : un parcours millénaire by Centre Alberto Benveniste pour les études et la culture sépharades( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mémoires juives d'Espagne et du Portugal( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in French and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minorités visibles en politique( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in French and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: Les "minorités" désignent les groupes numériquement faibles, que leur religion, leur origine ethnique et/ou la couleur de leur peau distinguent de la population dite majoritaire. Visibles lorsqu'elles dérangent, ces catégories deviennent invisibles quand il s'agit de représentation politique ou d'ascension sociale. Réunissant les meilleurs spécialistes européens et américains de la question, cet ouvrage de référence se veut aussi un livre engagé : la France, l'Europe et les Etats- Unis sont abordés ensemble, pour mieux saisir les enjeux et mettre définitivement à mal les généralités, les préjugés et les peurs trop souvent associés au fait minoritaire. Comment comprendre la prise de parole politique des populations issues de l'immigration ? La représentation politique est-elle compatible avec la notion de "citoyenneté multiculturelle" ? Quels sont les non-dits des discours associés à la "crise de l'intégration" en France, en Grande- Bretagne et aux Pays-Bas ? La représentation des musulmans occidentaux dans des institutions a-t- elle porté ses fruits ? Pourquoi les Asio-Américains exercent-ils une influence croissante sur la politique des Etats-Unis ? En répondant à ces questions, et en traçant des perspectives fécondes pour l'avenir, les auteurs réunis autour d'Esther Benbassa dresse un panorama sans équivalent du fait minoritaire en politique. Une réflexion citoyenne qui nous concerne tous. Une étude de fond pour comprendre la notion de "diversité" qui façonne le discours de nos responsables politiques
Une diaspora sépharade en transition : Istanbul, XIXe-XXe siècle by Esther Benbassa( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Europe et les juifs( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des cultures et des dieux : repères pour une transmission du fait religieux( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans les sociétés occidentales, beaucoup de chrétiens, de juifs et de musulmans méconnaissent la religion de leurs pères, leur appartenance confessionnelle n'est plus qu'un signe d'identité et celle des autres est caricaturée. Cet ouvrage présente les grandes religions du monde contemporain
Les juifs, ont-ils un avenir? by Esther Benbassa( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in French and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dialogue between Benbassa and Attias on the Jewish past and present, Israel and the Diaspora, Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Orthodoxy and secularism, particularism and universalism in Judaism, and other issues. Pp. 64-82 deal with antisemitism in the 19th-20th centuries; pp. 99-115 relate to the memory of the Holocaust and especially to its transformation into a kind of secular religion
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The Jews of France : a history from antiquity to the present
A Sephardi life in Southeastern Europe : the autobiography and journal of Gabriel Arié, 1863-1939Israel, the impossible landSephardi Jewry : a history of the Judeo-Spanish community, 14th-20th centuriesSuffering as identity : the Jewish paradigmThe Jews and their future : a conversation on Judaism and Jewish identitiesThe Jew and the otherHaim Nahum : a Sephardic chief rabbi in politics, 1892-1923
Alternative Names
Benbasa, Ester 1950-

Benbasah, Ester

Benbasah, Ester 1950-

Benbass, Ėster

Benbass, Ėster 1950-

Benbassa-Dudonney Esther

Benbassa-Dudonney Esther 1950-....

Benbassa E.

Benbassa, E. (Esther)

Benbassa, Esther 1950-

Dudonney Esther Benbassa-

Dudonney Esther Benbassa- 1950-....

Esther Benbassa Frans historica

Esther Benbassa französische Historikerin und Politikerin

Esther Benbassa French historian and politician

Esther Benbassa política e historiadora francesa

Esther Benbassa universitaire et femme politique franco-turco-israélienne

Бенбасс, Эстер

Бенбасса Эстер

אסתר בנבסה היסטוריונית ופוליטיקאית צרפתייה

בנבסה, אסתר

إستير بنباسا مؤرخة وسياسية فرنسية

French (126)

English (90)

Russian (2)

Spanish (2)

Italian (1)

Hebrew (1)