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The Invention Of The Jewish People
The Invention Of The Jewish People
 
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Author : Shlomo Sand
Publisher : Verso
ISBN# : 9781844676231
Pages : 344
Price :INR 1256
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The bestselling analysis of Jewish history, by a leading Israeli historian. Demolishing the myths and taboos that have surrounded Jewish and Israeli history, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a new account of both that demands to be read and reckoned with. Was there really a forced exile in the first century at the hands of the Romans? Should we regard the Jewish people, throughout two millennia, as both a distinct ethnic group and a putative nation—returned at last to its Biblical homeland? Shlomo Sand argues that most Jews actually descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered far across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The formation of a Jewish people and then a Jewish nation out of these disparate groups could only take place under the sway of a new historiography, developing in response to the rise of Western nationalism. An iconoclastic work of history, The Invention of the Jewish People proposes a bold analysis of nationalism that accounts for the old myths, and provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israels future.

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Sands is far too ideoligcal and partisan to even attempt an endeavor like his purported historical analysis. Book reads like its written by a third rate PLOpresidents doctorial thesis.
Anyone who believes, against all genetic and linguistic evidence, that Ashkenazic Jews are descended primarily from Khazars, and the contrary evidence is a product of a Zionist conspiracy among geneticists, is not writing anything worth reading.
This book is a sham, There is a lot of leftist in this world, what makes one better then the next? is how big the controversy is. SO IF THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY. WHY NOT MAKE IT UP? and if someone tries to sue, thats even better because any marketing person knows bad publicity IS PUBLICITY. which gets more books sold. so in short words there is a market of books for anti-semites which will belive anything you say against the jews even here in the usa(watch borat). Sand is just the supplier feeding the demand of anti semitism.
Just because its in print, doesnt make it so. This book is a seriously flawed piece of ""scholarship,"" pseudo-scientific rubbish on a par with ""Chariots of the Gods"" or the works of Zechariah Sitchin or Madame Blavatsky. The author cherry-picks data to fit his preconceived notions and prejudices. We Jews are a complex society that does not fit any one definition, but history, culture, and genetics all point to our identity as one people...a people that, for the most part, is related to OTHER Middle Eastern peoples, cousins to the Arabs, and linked to our historic homeland in that part of the world. Why not celebrate our unity and our diversity? Its time that the Arab world welcome us home and that Arabs and Jews work together for common cause.
This book must has been amazing in its original language but translation has made it un-interesting and difficult to read. On top of it the font used is small an weird that gives headache after reading few lines. Looks like profit has been put ahead of customers. I hope next edition will make better translation and use a bigger and easy to read font.

Hammad

 

 
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