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The Divergence of Judaism and IslamInterdependence, Modernity, and Political Turmoil$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037516

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037516.001.0001

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Space as a Demon and the Demon in the Space: Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Israeli Space in A. B. Yehoshua's Literary Works

Space as a Demon and the Demon in the Space: Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Israeli Space in A. B. Yehoshua's Literary Works

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(p.270) 14 Space as a Demon and the Demon in the Space: Jewish-Muslim Relations in the Israeli Space in A. B. Yehoshua's Literary Works
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The Divergence of Judaism and Islam
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Carmela Saranga

Rachel Sharaby

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037516.003.0014

Perceptions about the legitimate rights of Arabs and Jews in Arabic sources are also found in Hebrew works. This chapter supports this claim by examining the oeuvre of A. B. Yehoshua, one of Israel's most renowned novelists, and exposing his view of modern-day Jewish–Muslim coexistence. Using an innovative approach, it interprets Yehoshua's description of the destinies of the two peoples in Israeli space through different geographies. For instance, Haifa, Yehoshua's current home, symbolizes for him an island of sanity and accommodative multiculturalism. On the other hand, Jerusalem, his place of birth, is the lost paradise, a city divided geographically, socially, and culturally. There, the prevalence of “unhealthy” sentiments of mutual resentment is translated into tensions that threaten to ignite dangerous confrontations.

Keywords:   A. B. Yehoshua, novels, Haifa, Jerusalem, geography, space, culture, multiculturalism, interaction

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