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Semites: Race, Religion, Literature

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This collection of essays explores the now mostly extinct notion of "Semites." Invented in the nineteenth century and essential to the making of modern conceptions of religion and race, the strange unity of Jew and Arab under one term, "Semite" (the opposing term was "Aryan"), and the circumstances that brought about its disappearance constitute the subject of this volume. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 8th 2007 by Stanford University Press
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Secularism is Orientalism, and religion is race--read this book and you'll be convinced, unless you are a good Secular citizen, a true believer in your democratic right to burn your witch-neighbor, a neighborhood watch member, a lover of bombs, or an Aryanist.

The second chapter is a fascinating commentary on Said--a critic of secular criticism (that does not mean a defense of religious criticism). The first chapter is an account of the Semitic hypothesis whereby Aryans become secular by imagini
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Gil Anidjar is a professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)at Columbia University in the City of New York

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