Subject area Jewish Studies

Subject area

The subject area of Jewish Studies in the Ergon portfolio has emerged from the broad spectrum of interreligious research in the programme segment of Religious Studies. The focus is on studies on the history and present of Sephardic Judaism as well as on perspectives of Jewish Studies in the context of current social developments.

Perspectives in Jewish Studies
Edited by Manja Herrmann, Benjamin Patrick Koch, Elke Morlok, Frederek Musall

The series highlights the diversity of aspects and methods of Jewish Studies and at the same time aims to initiate an intensive reflection on the future of the same. Not only the self-definition of the subject and the internal perspectives of the researchers are to be considered, but also the perspectives from Judaism itself. The multi-layered and multi-perspective discourses of Jewish Studies with cultural studies, history and literature, theologies, sociology, and many other subjects should also be re-located from the internal view of Jewish materials themselves. How did Jewish studies become part of trans- and interdisciplinary discourses? What is their current task – from an emic and etic perspective? What new research priorities need to come into focus from the perspective of Jewish students and communities? How can a meaningful shaping of interreligious discourses look like from the perspective of Judaism? Above all, forward-looking perspectives for the discipline and its numerous networks are to be developed to adequately meet current challenges both in academia and in society.

The series includes monographs, anthologies, and outstanding dissertations and habilitation theses.

Societies and Cultures of Sephardic Judaism
Edited by Jonathan Hirsch, Sina Rauschenbach and Carsten Schapkow

The Societies and Cultures of Sephardic Judaism series is the only scholarly book series in Germany with an explicitly Sephardic focus. It aims to close the existing research desideratum from the Middle Ages to the present through groundbreaking manuscripts from the field of Iberian Sephardic Judaism and its Western Diaspora as well as the Eastern Sephardic Judaism of North Africa and the Middle East. The series is intended for researchers and students of Jewish Studies, Judaic Studies and Jewish Theology, Israel and Middle Eastern Studies, History, Philosophy, Literary Studies, and related subjects.

Manuscripts should follow a historical-cultural studies approach, contribute to the study of the global history of Sephardic Judaism in all its diversity, and address current issues and discussions that are of interest across disciplines. Monographs, anthologies, and outstanding dissertations and habilitation theses appear in the series.