The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective

  title={The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective},
  author={William Safran},
  journal={Israel Studies},
  pages={36 - 60}
FOR MANY GENERATIONS, THE PHENOMENON of Diaspora was dealt with only in connection with the Jews. Thus, the entry on "Diaspora" in the Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences published in 1937 was by Simon Dubnow, the prominent scholar of Jewish history.' With few exceptions, political scientists and historians ignored it, including those who focused on nationalism and ethnicity.2 The reason was simple: diaspora referred to a very specific case-that of the exile of the Jews from the Holy Land and… Expand
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