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Theocratic DemocracyThe Social Construction of Religious and Secular Extremism$
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.001.0001

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Theocratic Democracy and Cultural Conflicts: Puzzles and Solutions

Theocratic Democracy and Cultural Conflicts: Puzzles and Solutions

(p.3) 1 Theocratic Democracy and Cultural Conflicts: Puzzles and Solutions
Theocratic Democracy

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Oxford University Press

Democracy and theocracy seem to be two opposing forms of government. However, modern states need to cope with seculars who want to live within a democracy and fundamentalist religious people who want to live in a theocracy. A delicate and inherently unstable political structure that is characterized as a “theocratic democracy” can provide a political umbrella under which these two types of people can live together. Within this situation the puzzle that this book addresses is presented, in its historical and social context: what is and how can we explain Haredi (ultra Orthodox) patterns of deviance between 1948-1998. The chapter contextualizes these patterns within processes of social change and social stability and argues that Haredi activists use violence to push Israel towards a theocracy.

Keywords:   deviance, Haredi, Israel, theocratic democracy

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