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England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West

England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West

by Geraldine Heng


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For three centuries, a mixture of religion, violence, and economic conditions created a fertile matrix in Western Europe that racialized an entire diasporic population who lived in the urban centers of the Latin West: Jews. This Element explores how religion and violence, visited on Jewish bodies and Jewish lives, coalesced to create the first racial state in the history of the West. It is an example of how the methods and conceptual frames of postcolonial and race studies, when applied to the study of religion, can be productive of scholarship that rewrites the foundational history of the past.

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ISBN-13: 9781108740456
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2018
Series: Elements in Religion and Violence
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Religious race: racializing Jews in the twelfth and thirteenth century European west; 2. Church and state, law, learning, governmentality: architectures of racial formation, thirteenth–fifteenth centuries; 3. England's Jews: a case study of the first racial state in the West; 4. The English panopticon: from fiscal control to segregation powers; 5. Religion, money, and violence in the creation of the raced subject; 6. Church and state collusion in the constitution of the racial subaltern; 7. Conversion as racial passing: the politics of sensory race; 8. Stories of England's dead boys, and a sequel: how a new race, and its home are formed, post-Jewish expulsion.

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