Israel Between East and West: A Study in Human Relations, by Raphael Patai
Professor Patai’s present work is an all too clear illustration of the pitfalls which beset the attempt to apply dogmatically the findings and concepts of cultural anthropology to modern society. His main theme is a “defense” of Middle Eastern cultures in general and of Oriental Jewry in particular against assumptions of Western superiority, and against the attempt by Israeli society to assimilate the Oriental immigrants to its way of life. In a series of rapid asides he also passes judgment on Israeli economic problems, “discrimination” against Oriental immigrants, patterns of settlement, the basis of Western culture in general, and East-West relations.
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