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Law and the Culture of Israel

Law and the Culture of Israel (Hardback)

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Menachem Mautner offers a compelling account of Israeli law as a site for the struggle over the shaping of Israeli culture. On the one hand, a secular, liberal group wishes to associate Israel with Western culture and to link Israeli law to Anglo-American liberalism. On the other hand, a religious group wishes to associate Israeli culture with traditional Jewish culture, and to found Israeli law on traditional Jewish law. The struggle between secular and religious Jews has been part of the life of the Jewish people in the past 300 years. It resurged in the 1970s with the rise of religious fundamentalism and the decline of the political and cultural hegemony of the Labor movement. The secular group reacted by shifting much of its political action to the Supreme Court which since the establishment of the state has been the state organ most identified with entrenching liberal values in the country's political culture. In a short span of time in the early 1980s the Court effected extensive changes in its jurisprudence, most strikingly adoption of sweeping judicial activism which is widely regarded as the most far-reaching in the world.

The Court's activism provided the secular group with the means for intervening in decisions of the state branches over which the group had lost control. With Arabs being a fifth of the country's population, an additional divide in Israel is that between Jews and Arabs. Drawing on notions of multiculturalism, political liberalism and republicanism, the book offers fresh insights as to how to manage Israel's divisive situation.

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Menachem Mautner is a Professor of Law and the Danielle Rubinstein Chair of Comparative Civil Law and Jurisprudence, in the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. He was Dean of the Faculty. Mautner teaches courses in the areas of law and culture, multiculturalism and contract law, and was awarded the 'Zeltner Prize for Excellence in the Law' and the Tel Aviv University Rector's Prize for Distinction in Teaching. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the book series Law, Society and Culture published by the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. Mautner is the author of four books, and his book The Decline of Formalism and the Rise of Values in Israeli Law is the most cited book in Israeli law in the past two decades. Mautner is also the editor of five books, including Multiculturalism in a Democratic and Jewish State, and the author of over 70 articles and chapters in the areas of law and culture, multiculturalism, jurisprudence and contract law.

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