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An Unfortunate Coincidence


Author: Didi Herman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Place: Oxford
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9780199229765
Category: n\a


An Unfortunate Coincidence examines how English judges discuss and depict Jews and Jewishness in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a study of legal judgments in a range of areas, tracing continuities and discontinuities in representations of Jews and Jewishness over time. The book shows the part played by racial and religious understandings in legal decision-making, addressing the place of a minority with a long history in England and within the English cultural imagination. It considers the complex and often contradictory approaches to Jews and Jewishness within judicial discourse, challenging both assumptions about tolerance and neutrality in English law and any simple narrative of 'antisemitism'. While its focus is on the distinctive character of the English context, the book has resonance for thinking more generally about racial and religious representations in law.

Table of contents


2.'An Unfortunate Coincidence': Race, Nation, and Character

3.Race and Faith in the Law of Trusts

4.'She is and Will Forever Remain a Jew': Children and the Courts

5.'We Live in the Age of the Holocaust of the Jews'

6.'The Wandering Jew Has No Nation': Jewishness and Race Relations Law

7.'The Christian Church Will Admit Children Regardless of Who Their Parents Are': The Jewish Free School Case and Other Final Thoughts