- Title Pages
- Part 1 Benamozegh’s Texts and Contexts: Morocco, the Risorgimento, and the Disputed Manuscript
- Chapter 1 The Moroccan World of a Livornese Jew
- Chapter 2 An Italian Jewish Patriot in the Risorgimento
- Chapter 3 The Banned Author and the Oriental Publisher
- Chapter 4 Expanding His Readership
- Chapter 5 The Afterlives of a Manuscript
- Part II Universalism as an Index of Jewish Modernity
- Chapter 6 Situating Benamozegh in the Debate on Jewish Universalism
- Chapter 7 Normativity and Inclusivity in Modernity
- Chapter 8 Cosmopolitanism and Universalism
- Chapter 9 Universalism in Particularism
- Part III Beyond Binaries: Kabbalah as a Tool for Modernity
- Chapter 10 Kabbalah
- Chapter 11 Beyond Dualism
- Chapter 12 Kabbalah as Politics
- Part IV Past Enmity: Modes of Interreligious Engagement and Jewish Self-Affirmation
- Chapter 13 Religious Enmity and Tolerance Reconsidered
- Chapter 14 “The Iron Crucible” and Loci of Religious Contact
- Chapter 15 Self-Assertion and a Jewish Theology of Religions
- Chapter 16 Modes of Interreligious Engagement
- Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture
Kabbalah as Politics
Kabbalah as Politics
- (p.133) Chapter 12 Kabbalah as Politics
- Another Modernity
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Chapter 12 examines Benamozegh’s reading of Kabbalah as capable of underwriting a political project that involved the remaking of a secretive, esoteric tradition into a public, exoteric conversation. Benamozegh claimed Kabbalah as a centerpiece of Jewish thought that should help to revisit Western culture in order to reform its materialistic tendencies, thus pushing against the Orientalism tropes of his time. This stance foreshadows one of the turning points in the reception of Kabbalah in the twentieth century, exemplified by the works of such thinkers as Yehuda Ashlag, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, and Léon Askénazi, in which its themes and concepts can be used as a political discourse.
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