Portrait of Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Nono)

Prof. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Nono)

I teach early modern and modern Jewish history in the department of Jewish history, Ben-Gurion University, and currently serve as the chair of the department. I am a fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem institute, where I direct a working group on Orientalism, Jewish perspectives and Oriental Jewish perspectives. I am also a member of the Kollegium of the project “Europe in the Middle East, the Middle East in Europe” (EUME) that takes place at the Wissenschaftskollegzu Berlin.

My studies deal with several topics: Early modern Hebrew printing and censorship; Hebraism and early modern Christian-Jewish discourse; Secularism and Orientalism; Zionist historiography and historical consciousness. Exile and its negation in Zionist discourse.

Selected Publications

  • The Censor, the Editor and the Text: the Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century,translated by Jackie Feldman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)
  • Exiletsouverainete: judaïsme, sionisme et binationalisme (Paris: la Fabrique editions, 2007), Préface par Carlo Ginzburg et traduit de l’hébreu par Catherine Neuve-Église”
  • Exile and Binationalism: From GershomScholem and Hannah Arendt to Edward Said and Mahmoud Darwish (= Carl Heinrich Becker Lecture of the Fritz ThyssenStiftung 2011, with an Introduction of Wolf Lepenies),Berlin: Wissenschaftskollegzu Berlin, 2012 (English and German)
  • “Jewish Memory between Exile and History” Jewish Quarterly Review 97 (Fall 2007) 530-543″Law, Messianism and Censure: The Printing of the ShulkhanAruch as the Commencement of Jewish Modernity” in E. Baumgarten, R. Weinstein and A. Raz-Krakotzkin (eds.) TovElem: Memory, Community and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern JewishSocieties – Essays in Honor pf Robert Bonfil (Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, 2011)(Jerusalem: MosadBialik, 2011: 282-305 (Hebrew).
  • “Zionist Return to the West and the Mizrachi Jewish Perspective,” in: I. Kalmar, D. Pensler (eds.), Orientalism and the Jews (WalthamMass.: BrandeisUniversity Press, 2005): 162-181
  • “Exile within Sovereignty: A Critique of the Concept ‘Negation of Exile’ in Israeli Culture,” Theory and Criticism 4 (1993), pp. 23-53; part 2,”Theory and Criticism 5 (1994), pp. 114-132 (Hebrew).
  • “Jewish Peoplehood, ‘Jewish Politics,’ and Political Responsibility: Arendt on Zionism and Partitions” College Literature 38.1 (Winter, 2011): 57-74.
  • “’On the Right Side of the Barricades’: Walter Benjamin, GershomScholem, and Zionism,” Comparative Literature 65.3 (2013): 363-381.