By Sander Gilman
In this robust and wide-ranging research, Sander Gilman explores the assumption of 'the multicultural' within the modern global, a query he frames because the query of the connection among Jews and Muslims. How do Jews outline themselves, and the way are they in flip outlined, in the international struggles of the instant, struggles that flip largely round a secularized Christian perspective?
Gilman makes use of his topic to unpack a chain of vital matters: what does it suggest to be multicultural? Can the event of diaspora Judaism function an invaluable version for Islam in modern multicultural Europe? what's a multicultural ethnic? different chapters examine particular figures in Jewish cultural history – Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Israel Zangwill, Philip Roth, the hermaphrodite N.O. physique (aka Karl Baer, raised as Martha Baer) – to discover concerns inside Jewish identification. all through, Gilman can pay willing realization to the ways that modern literature – Chabon, Ozick, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gary Shteyngart – taking the assumption of Jewishness and multiculturalism into new arenas.