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All That Matters

Keith Kahn-Harris


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For a group of people so limited in number, the Jewish community has had a huge impact on both global events and local politics. In this vibrant new look at Judaism, sociologist and cultural critic Keith Kahn-Harris provides a remarkably sharp insight into this history, and particularly the diverse Jewish communities (and diverse ideas of Jewishness) that exist today.

Praise For Judaism: All That Matters

His understanding of the contemporary Jewish work is often spot on, and he communicates this understanding in a clear and engaging way.—Jewish Quarterly

Judaism:All that Matters really does cover everything.—TES

Kahn-Harris has produced a stimulating read that covers the very breadth of Judaism, no mean feat in such a compact work; he shies away from nothing, controversies, divisions and conflicts.

There are so many introductions to Judaism, but for those who want an up-to-date, honest and informative volume then this is as good a place to start as anywhere.—Methodist Recorder

The first impression is visually attractive and the layout of chapters, spiced with photographs and summary paragraphs, inviting to the reader. It has lighter elements and is well written, informative and thought-provoking and the excellent reading list whets the appetite for more in-depth study.—Jewish Renaissance

This book provides a most helpful compendium of basics about Judaism and Jewishness.—Times Higher Education

Teach Yourself, 9781444156720, 160pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2010

About the Author

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer based in London. His books include 'Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today' (with Ben Gidley). He has written for many publications including the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Jewish Chronicle, the Jewish Quarterly, the Times Literary Supplement and Times Higher Education. He also teaches social research methods at Birkbeck College and the Open University.