Making Jews Dutch: Secular discourse and Jewish responses, 1796-1848

Tsila Shelly Rädecker

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The transformation of Dutch Ashkenazi Jewry after the Emancipation Decree of 1796 was not part of a process of secularization, in which Jews become less religious, but resulted from the restructuring of the religious and secular fields. Changing ideas on what was religious and not created a grey area, wherein the boundaries between the secular and the religious were renegotiated. These changing ideas defined the Jewish community´s transition to the status of a religious minority and also shaped new Jewish identities. This study investigates the various Jewish responses to cultural change in a secularizing environment. It identifies the modes of Jewish responses and provides an explanation for religious change.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • von Stuckrad, Kocku, Supervisor
  • Hofmeester, K. (Karin), Supervisor, External person
  • Hagbi, Y. (Yaniv), Co-supervisor, External person
  • Zwiep, I.E., Assessment committee, External person
  • van Eijnatten, J. (Joris), Assessment committee, External person
  • van Bekkum, Wout, Assessment committee
Award date10-Sep-2015
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-8051-3
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-8050-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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