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Marcin Wodzinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190631260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190631260.001.0001

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(p.279) Conclusion

Marcin Wodziński

Oxford University Press

This Conclusion summarizes the findings of the seven preceding chapters on definition, women, leadership, demography, geography, economy, and the First World War in the history of Hasidism. It looks at Hasidism from egalitarian, rather then elitist, perspective, showing Hasidism as a religious movement similar to religious confraternities rather than to sects, institutionally misogynic, but attractive to some women in its religious and cultural offer. It challenges the prevailing views about early expansion of Hasidism, its geographical limits, or economic inactivity, demonstrating both relatively late developments of the movement and its overrepresentation among economically over-privileged. Most importantly, it demonstrates the possibilities nestling within intuitively obvious sources, concepts, and classical research methods that are still insufficiently used in work on Hasidism.

Keywords:   Definition, gender, women, leadership, demography, geography, economy

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