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Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology

Series Editor: Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania
The Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology publishes books illuminating the diverse and culturally rich Jewish heritage. The series is named in honor of the many contributions of its founder and original editor, Raphael Patai.

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The Power of a Tale

Stories from the Israel Folktale Archives

Edited by Haya Bar-Itzhak and Idit Pintel-Ginsberg

A collection of over fifty folktales from the Israel Folktale Archives, translated into English with commentaries by thirty- eight prominent contemporary scholars of Jewish folklore.

Hardback
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814342084
eBOOK
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814342091

Tales in Context

Sefer ha-ma'asim in Medieval Northern France

Rella Kushelevsky
With a historical epilogue by Elisheva Baumgarten

A folkloric research project on Sefer ha-ma’asim.

Hardback
Available April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342718
eBOOK
Available April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342725

Jewish Magic before the Rise of Kabbalah

Yuval Harari

A comprehensive study of Jewish magic in the late antiquity and the early Islamic period—the phenomenon, the sources, and method for its research, and the history of scholarly investigation into its nature and origin.

Hardback
Available February 2017
ISBN: 9780814336304
eBOOK
Available February 2017
ISBN: 9780814336311

In the Company of Others

The Development of Anthropology in Israel

Orit Abuhav

An ethnographic account of the history and development of anthropology in Israel.

Hardback
Published: June 2015
ISBN: 9780814338735
eBOOK
Published: June 2015
ISBN: 9780814338742

Louis Ginzberg's Legends of the Jews

Ancient Jewish Folk Literature Reconsidered

Edited by Galit Hasan-Rokem and Ithamar Gruenwald

A state-of-the-art contribution to the scholarly discussion of historical, and especially ancient, Jewish folklore.

Hardback
Published: December 2014
ISBN: 9780814340479
eBOOK
Published: December 2014
ISBN: 9780814340486

Judeo-Arabic Literature in Tunisia, 1850-1950

Yosef Tobi and Tsivia Tobi

Traces the development of an ethnic literature in the vernacular language of Judeo-Arabic in Tunisia between 1850 and 1950.

Hardback
Published: October 2014
ISBN: 9780814328712
eBOOK
Published: October 2014
ISBN: 9780814340462

Aesthetics of Sorrow

The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women

Tova Gamliel

Investigates the socio-cultural, psychological, and philosophical aspects of the Yemenite Jewish wailing tradition in modern Israel.

Hardback
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 9780814334768
eBOOK
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 9780814339756

Paths to Middle-Class Mobility among Second-Generation Moroccan Immigrant Women in Israel

Beverly Mizrachi

Investigates class mobility in a group of 40­­-50-year-old second-generation Moroccan immigrant women, members of a subordinate ethnic group in Israel.

Hardback
Published: May 2013
ISBN: 9780814338810
eBOOK
Published: May 2013
ISBN: 9780814338582
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Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance

Edited by Judith Brin Ingber

A comprehensive survey of historical and contemporary Jewish dance.

Hardback
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 9780814333303

Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of the Aesthetic

Amy Horowitz

Examines a pan-ethnic style of music created by North African and Middle Eastern Israeli musicians in the late twentieth century.

Paperback
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 9780814334652

Unwitting Zionists

The Jewish Community of Zakho in Iraqi Kurdistan

Haya Gavish

A study of the Iraqi Jewish community of Zakho that investigates the community’s attachment to the Land of Israel, the effects of Zionist activity, and immigration to Palestine and Israel.

Hardback
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814333662
eBOOK
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814336892

Perspectives on Israeli Anthropology

Edited by Esther Hertzog, Orit Abuhav, Harvey E. Goldberg, and Emanuel Marx

Surveys past and present research on Israeli anthropology for students and researchers.

Paperback
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814330500

Settling in the Hearts

Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Territories

Michael Feige

Describes and examines the attempts of Gush Emunim, a religious nationalistic social movement, to construct Israeli identity, collective memory, and sense of place.

Hardback
Published: March 2009
ISBN: 9780814327500
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Maqam and Liturgy

Ritual, Music, and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn

Mark L. Kligman

Explores the cultural connection between Syrian Jewish life and Arab culture in present-day Brooklyn, New York, through liturgical music.

Hardback
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 9780814332160
eBOOK
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 9780814341865

Journey to a Nineteenth-Century Shtetl

The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by David Assaf

The first annotated English edition of a classic early-twentieth-century Yiddish memoir that vividly describes Jewish life in a small Eastern European town.

Paperback
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814334218
eBOOK
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814337332
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Sister in Sorrow

Life Histories of Female Holocaust Survivors from Hungary

Ilana Rosen

A compassionate and insightful study of Hungarian women who lived through the Holocaust, with an appendix containing their complete stories.

Paperback
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814331293
eBOOK
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814338889

The Heart Is a Mirror

The Sephardic Folktale

Tamar Alexander-Frizer

A groundbreaking and comprehensive study of the Sephardic folktale as it relates to group identity and narrative culture.

Hardback
Published: December 2007
ISBN: 9780814329719
eBOOK
Published: December 2007
ISBN: 9780814340059

Ex-Soviets in Israel

From Personal Narratives to a Group Portrait

Larisa Fialkova and Maria N. Yelenevskaya

A groundbreaking study of personal stories from ex-Soviet immigrants in Israel, bringing together scholarship in anthropology, sociology, linguistics, semiotics, and social psychology.

Hardback
Published: May 2007
ISBN: 9780814331699
eBOOK
Published: May 2007
ISBN: 9780814338391

A Narrative Community

Voices of Israeli Backpackers

Chaim Noy

An intertextual examination of the storytelling of Israeli backpackers that analyzes their unique patterns of communication to create a thorough picture of this "narrative community."

Paperback
Published: November 2006
ISBN: 9780814331767
eBOOK
Published: November 2006
ISBN: 9780814337585
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The Stains of Culture

An Ethno-Reading of Karaite Jewish Women

Ruth Tsoffar

Portrays the experiences of Egyptian Karaites in the San Francisco Bay Area as it explores the relationship between text and everyday life, between literal reading and its translation into bodily practices—especially as related to the female body.

Paperback
Published: December 2005
ISBN: 9780814332238

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