Title: Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture
Author: Aamir R. Mufti
Published: April 9, 2007
Country Published: USA
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN-10: 069105732X
ISBN-13: 978-0691057323

By the late eighteenth-century…the ‘protean Jew’ was…’neither outsider nor one of us’. Mufti begins with the ‘paradigmatic narratives’ of minority existence within a liberal nation state…which constituted the so-called Jewish Question in modern Europe. He is especially concerned with the processes of secularization…[and focuses] on the connections between the violent resolution of the ‘Jewish Question’ and the formation of ‘majoritarian’ cultures. Mufti [provides] nuanced and historically grounded accounts of the ‘Jewish Question’. At a time when these issues have assumed a renewed urgency–under the febrile sign of a ‘new’ anti-Semitism–[this] outstanding [book offers] a contextualized and scholarly approach to the subject. — Bryan Cheyette, Times Literary Supplement.

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