The King Is in the Field: Essays in Modern Jewish Political Thought

Julie E. Cooper (Editor), Samuel Hayim Brody (Editor)

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If politics is about the state, can a stateless people be political? Until recently, scholars were fiercely divided regarding whether Jews engaged in politics, displayed political wisdom, or penned works of political thought over the two millennia when there was no Jewish state. But over the past few decades, the field of Jewish political thought has begun to examine the ways in which Jewish individuals and communal organizations behaved politically even in diaspora. The King Is in the Field centers writing from leading scholars that serves as an introduction to this exciting field, providing critical resources for anyone interested in thinking about politics both within and beyond the state. From kabbalistic theology to economic philanthropy, from race and nationalism in the U.S. to Israeli legal discourse and feminist activism, this key study of Jewish political thought holds the promise to reorient the field of political thought as a whole by expanding conceptions of what counts as "political." In a world in which statelessness now applies to 100 million individuals, this volume illuminates ways to understand how diaspora Jewish political thought functioned in adopted homelands. This approach allows the book to offer questions and analysis that add depth and breadth to academic studies of Jewish politics while simultaneously offering a blueprint for future volumes interrogating political action through multiple diasporas.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
Number of pages321
ISBN (Electronic)1512824178, 9781512824179
ISBN (Print)9781512824094
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameJewish culture and contexts
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Jewish philosophy -- 21st century
  • Judaism and politics
  • Political science
  • פילוסופיה יהודית -- המאה ה-21
  • الفلسفة اليهودية -- القرن الـ 21
  • יהדות ופוליטיקה
  • מדעי המדינה
  • العلوم السياسية
  • Judaism -- Political aspects
  • Politics and Judaism
  • Administration -- Political science
  • Civil government
  • Commonwealth, The -- Political science
  • Government
  • Political theory
  • Political thought
  • Politics -- Political science
  • Science, Political
  • Theory of state


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