CfP: Special issue "Religion and Politics in Israel"


The scandal surrounding Israel’s treatment of non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees, as opposed to “Law of Return eligible” refugees, has highlighted the problematic relations between Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish and as a democratic state. Judaism is at the core of Zionist ideology and the State of Israel’s identity. But is Judaism a religion, a nationality, or both? If both, how do the two aspects relate to each other? How do they relate to democracy; to human rights; to equal citizenship? Is Israeli society undergoing a process of religionization or of secularization? Can Israel be Jewish and democratic at the same time? These are some of the questions we would like to explore in this thematic issue of Politics and Religion Journal.

Please submit English abstracts of no more than 250 words, and a short bio, by April 30, 2022, to Yoav Peled, We welcome submissions of all theoretical and methodological approaches and from scholars at all stages of their career. Complete papers of no more than 10,000 words are to be submitted by December 31, 2022, and will go through double-blind review process.