Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies

Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture

Between Moses and Buddha, 1890–1940

Authors: Musch, Sebastian

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  • Traces the entanglement of Buddhism and Judaism in German culture from the turn of the century up to World War II
  • Applies postcolonial theory to show the fluidity of and to underline the inherent hybridity of the German-Jewish self-understanding
  • Highlights the forces of antisemitism that shaped the reception of Buddhism in German culture
  • Appeals to scholars of Jewish Studies, Asian German Studies, Orientalism, and Postcolonial Studies
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In Germany at the turn of the century, Buddhism transformed from an obscure topic, of interest to only a few misfit scholars, into a cultural phenomenon. Many of the foremost authors of the period were profoundly influenced by this rapid rise of Buddhism—among them, some of the best-known names in the German-Jewish canon. Sebastian Musch excavates this neglected dimension of German-Jewish identity, drawing on philosophical treatises, novels, essays, diaries, and letters to trace the history of Jewish-Buddhist encounters up to the start of the Second World War. Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Leo Baeck, Theodor Lessing, Jakob Wassermann, Walter Hasenclever, and Lion Feuchtwanger are featured alongside other, lesser known figures like Paul Cohen-Portheim and Walter Tausk. As Musch shows, when these thinkers wrote about Buddhism, they were also negotiating their own Jewishness. 

About the authors

​Sebastian Musch is a research fellow in the Department of History at Osnabrück University, Germany.

Reviews

“In this highly original and exciting study, Sebastian Musch calls attention to the German-Jewish fascination with Buddhism. His book is a superb work of scholarship that revises our conventional views of modern Jewish thought, Orientalism, and the importance of Buddhism for Europeans.” (Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, USA)

“This exciting new work sheds light on key German-Jewish writers interested in Buddhism, placing them well within existing Asian German, Orientalist, colonial, and postcolonial scholarship. It is a superb book, a welcome addition to the field of Asian German Studies, and an excellent way to gain familiarity with the field.”( Douglas T. McGetchin, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University, USA)

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jewish Encounters with Buddhism in German Culture
Book Subtitle
Between Moses and Buddha, 1890–1940
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Asian German Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27469-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27469-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27468-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 289
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