French-Jewish Racial Identity and the Right to Be Different

By Lisa Moses Leff

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Fall 2007

The author explores the ways in which French Jews self-identified in racial terms during the mid-19th Century, before the advent of racial antisemitism. The author asserts that this racial self-identification was intended to be part of larger trends of political messianism and nationalism, and that Jews used this framework to articulate both their indelible uniqueness and their essential connectedness to all humanity simultaneously.

Topic: Race, Antisemitism, Jewish Identification, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies

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

Volume/Issue: Fall 2007

Page Number(s): 8-10

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Genre: Report

Coverage: France

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Leff, Lisa Moses. French-Jewish Racial Identity and the Right to Be Different. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Fall 2007: 8-10. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2608


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