Exploring the Issues
by Steven Leonard Jacobs
June 2020, 192pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6873-3
$44, £34, 39€, A61
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Perhaps the oldest form of hatred of a group, antisemitism continues to flourish today.

With an overview essay, timeline, reference entries, and annotated bibliography, this resource is a concise, one-stop reference on antisemitism in today's society.

Stretching back to biblical times, antisemitism is perhaps the world’s oldest hatred of a group. It has manifested itself around the world, sometimes taking the form of superficially innocent jokes and at other times promoting such tragedies as the Holocaust. Far from disappeared, its continued existence in today’s society is evidenced by vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and shootings at synagogues. This book explores the causes and consequences of contemporary antisemitism, placing this form of hatred in its historical, political, and social contexts.

An overview essay surveys the background and significance of antisemitism and provides historical context for discussions of contemporary topics. A timeline highlights key events related to antisemitism. Some 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide objective, fundamental information about people, events, and other topics related to antisemitism. These entries cite works for further reading and provide cross-references to related topics. An annotated bibliography cites and evaluates some of the most important resources on antisemitism suitable for student research.


  • An overview essay places antisemitism in its historical context and discusses its contemporary significance
  • A timeline identifies key developments related to antisemitism
  • Roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide objective, fundamental information about topics related to antisemitism, with an emphasis on modern society
  • Entry bibliographies direct users to specific sources of additional information
  • An annotated bibliography lists and evaluates some of the most important broad works on antisemitism
Steven Leonard Jacobs is professor of religious studies and holds the Aaron Aronov Endowed Chair of Judaic Studies in the department of religious studies at the University of Alabama. His primary areas of research are the Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls, the Holocaust and historical and contemporary genocides, and Jewish-Christian Relations. He is coauthor of Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocaust and Genocide and coeditor of the four-volume Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection.

Religion in Politics and Society Today

Religion has long played an influential role in shaping our world. Each book in this series examines how religion informs a particularly critical social or political concern, such as antisemitism, education, environmental issues, Islam in America, and war. Through an overview essay, chronology, and roughly 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries, the volumes provide concise, objective coverage of the essential elements of the topic discussed. An annotated bibliography closes each book and directs the reader to some of the most important sources of additional information.
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