Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-1685-3 • Hardback • August 2015 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
978-1-4422-1687-7 • eBook • August 2015 • $42.50 • (£33.00)
Charles Selengut is professor of sociology at Morris College and a former professor of religion at Drew University. He is the author of several books, including Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence.
1. The Rise of the Settlements
2. From Zionism to Messianic Nationalism
3. Faith, Culture, and Community Life
4. Inside The Settlements: Portraits, Conversations, and Experiences
5. Judaism, Religious Nationalism, and the Middle East Conflict
A Note on Research Methods
About the Author
Yesha—an acronym made up of the Hebrew initials of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, the lands Israel wrested from Syria, Jordan, and Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War—is also the name of the movement to reestablish Jewish control of all of biblical Israel by resettlement. Stereotyped as violent, intransigent fundamentalists, the people of Yesha, as sociologist Selengut, who has studied them for many years, demonstrates, show a broad range of ideas about how their bedrock conviction that Jews are duty-bound to occupy the land God gave them should be realized. Some are downright pacifist, while at the other extreme are settlers who practice eye-for-an-eye retaliation for attacks. In five long, sober chapters, Selengut reviews the rise of the settlements after the Six-Day War, the evolution of some Zionists into messianic nationalists, the culture and faith of settler communities, authoritative settlement figures, and the future of Yesha in the ongoing Middle East conflict. Selengut’s dense, compact report is an invaluable resource for everyone studying modern Israel.
— Booklist, Starred Review
For knowledge of messianic Zionist discourse, this is the book to read.
— Journal of Church and State
Charles Selengut has turned his attention to the religious Zionist fundamentalist settlers who have made claims on what they view as their divinely promised Land of Israel and put their views and actions under his careful sociological lens. The result is a fascinating and highly informed account of these people whose beliefs and activities are rattling the Middle East.
— Samuel Heilman, distinguished professor of sociology, Harold M. Proshansky Chair of Jewish Studies, CUNY Queens College and The Graduate Center
This interesting and engaging book brings us inside the world and the world view of the militant Zionist settlers who see Palestinian territories as Jewish sacred land. It should be required reading for anyone concerned about the rise of religious activism around the world and about the prospects for peace in the Middle East.
— Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara
Our Promised Land is a must-read for experts in the field, yet it is also accessible and will be deeply educational to the millions with a stake in the issues discussed. Due to the near perfect combination of strengths Selengut brings to the task, this comprehensive and courageous book sheds light, grows understanding, and brings us further down the path to human betterment.
— Frank Kaufmann, international director, Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace
Explains Messianic Zionism—essential to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—in accessible terms
Takes readers inside controversial Jewish settlements in the West Bank
Explores how a fundamentalist group leverages so much political power in Israel and worldwide
Discusses the connections between Zionism and Christians
• Winner, Booklist’s Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books