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Hasidism: Key Questions

Marcin Wodzinski

Abstract

Innovative and multidisciplinary in approaches, the book discusses the most cardinal features of any social or religious movement: definition, gender, leadership, demographic size, geography, economy, and decline of Hasidism, one of the most important religious movements of modern Eastern Europe. This is the first such attempt to respond to those central questions of Hasidism in one book. Recognizing the major limitations of the existing research on Hasidism, the book offers four important corrections. First, it offers an anti-elitist corrective attempting to investigate Hasidism beyond its le ... More

Keywords: Hasidism, East European Jews, religion, sects, gender, tsadik, zaddik, charismatic leadership, demography of religion, geography of religion, economic history, anti-elitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190631260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190631260.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcin Wodzinski, author
Professor of Jewish History and Literature and Director of the Department of Jewish Studies, Wroclaw University