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Israel Studies Review

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Aims & Scope

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Israel Studies Forum was relaunched in 2011 as the Israel Studies Review, under the editorship of Yoram Peri, Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

Israel Studies Review's predecessors, Israel Studies Forum and Israel Studies Bulletin, are now available on JSTOR!

Israel Studies Review (ISR) is the journal of the Association for Israel Studies, an international and interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of Israeli society, history, politics, and culture.

ISR explores modern and contemporary Israel from the perspective of the social sciences, history, the humanities, and cultural studies and welcomes submissions on these subjects. The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israel.

One of the main tasks of the ISR is to review in a timely manner recent books on Israel-related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send us their books for review consideration.

The Israel Studies Review editors fully recognize the passions and controversies present in this field. They are dedicated to the mission of the ISR as a nonpartisan journal publishing scholarship of the highest quality, and are proud to contribute to the growth and development of the emergent field of Israel Studies.

AIS Membership includes subscription to this journal | AIS Members: Online access to the journal

Subjects: Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics

Current Issue

Volume 33, Issue 2, Spring 2018

Special Issue: Israeli Culture

Editors' Note
Yoram Peri and Paul L. Scham


Hebrew Literature in the ‘World Republic of Letters’: Translation and Reception, 1918–2018
Yael Halevi-Wise and Madeleine Gottesman

Rebranding Desolation: The Allure of Israel’s Desert Landscapes
Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

Intertwined Landscape: The Integration of Arabo-Islamic Culture in Pre-state Palestine
Mostafa Hussein

Hebrew Dystopias: From National Catastrophes to Ecological Disasters
Netta Bar Yosef-Paz

Holocaust Tweets as an Act of Resistance
Lia Friesem

Toward a Transversal Reading of Art and Politics in Israel
Mor Cohen

Fifty Years of Drama on Israeli Children’s Television: From Teaching to Competing
Yuval Gozansky

Teaching Israel Studies

Using Op-ed Writing to Teach Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Lena Saleh and Mira Sucharov

Book Reviews

Arye Oded, Africa and Israel: A Unique Case in Israeli Foreign Relations
Review by Naomi Chazan

Alexandre Kedar, Ahmad Amara, and Oren Yiftachel, Emptied Lands: A Legal Geography of Bedouin Rights in the Negev
Review by Morad Elsana

Michal Kravel-Tovi, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel
Review by Ian S. Lustick

Maoz Rosenthal, Israel’s Governability Crisis: Quandaries, Unstructured Institutions, and Adaptation
Review by Sam Lehman-Wilzig

Brent E. Sasley and Harold M. Waller, Politics in Israel: Governing a Complex Society
Review by Gideon Rahat

Ran Abramitzky, The Mystery of the Kibbutz: Egalitarian Principles in a Capitalist World
Review by Eliezer Ben-Rafael

Edna Lomsky-Feder and Orna Sasson-Levy, Women Soldiers and Citizenship in Israel: Gendered Encounters with the State
Review by Daphne Inbar and Oren Barak

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