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Israel Studies Review

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Aims & Scope

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 30, Issue 2, Winter 2015


Editors' Note


Labor Zionism, the State, and Beyond: An Interpretation of Changing Realities and Changing Histories
Mitchell Cohen

Does Israel Have a Navel? Anthony Smith and Zionism
Moshe Berent  

The Women of the Wall: A Metaphor for National and Religious Identity
Pnina Lahav

Yiddish, Israel, and the Palestinians: Yosl Birshteyn's "Between the Olive Trees"
Adi Mahalel

Beyond the Religious-Secular Dichotomy: Looking at Five Israeli Dystopias
Gideon Katz 

The Politics of Emotion: A Case Study of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Dana Gold  


Shai Ginsburg, Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880-1990 
Review by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Anat Helman, Becoming Israeli: National Ideals & Everyday Life in the 1950s
Review by Dafna Hirsch

Madelaine Adelman and Miriam Fendius Elman, eds., Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City
Review by Shlomo Hasson

Adam Rovner, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel  
Review by Michael Brenner

Fran Markowitz, Stephen Sharot, and Moshe Shokeid, eds., Towards an Anthropology of Nation Building and Unbuilding in Israel
Review by Russell Stone 

Guy Ziv, Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel
Review by Oded Haklai

R. Amy Elman, The European Union, Antisemitism, and the Politics of Denial 
Review by Alona Fisher 

Rachel S. Harris, An Ideological Death – Suicide in Israeli Literature
Review by Adia Mendelson-Maoz 

David Ohana, The Origins of Israeli Mythology: Neither Canaanites Nor Crusaders
Review by Ian S. Lustick

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