Religion and Its Discontents

By Susannah Heschel

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Fall 2011

As someone teaching Jewish Studies within a religion department (as well as in an interdisciplinary Jewish Studies program), I often straddle two very different academic enterprises. Religion departments, particularly Dartmouth's, stress interdisciplinary methods and welcome comparative approaches, whereas Jewish Studies departments tend to be oriented toward texts and historical method, often ignoring comparison and context and focusing instead on Jewish experience. There are strengths and weaknesses in both, and certainly important contributions could be made to each by the other.

Topic: Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion, Secularism

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Fall 2011

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISSN 1529-6423

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Heschel, Susannah. Religion and Its Discontents. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 2011: 5-6.


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