(ISRAILIYAT: JOURNAL OF ISRAEL AND JUDAISM STUDIES İSRAİLİYAT : İSRAİL VE YAHUDİLİK ÇALIŞMALARI DERGİSİ)
The Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies as Israel- and Jewish issues-centered publication covers research articles from several disciplines including history, religion, politics, philosophy, culture, economics, literature and law.
Journal’s mission is to provide critical and/or scientific framework for discussion of research and scholarship on all aspects of Israel and Judaism in academia – both in Israel and abroad mainly from Israeli sources in addition to Turkish, English and Islamic sources.
Israel Studies has moved beyond its traditional disciplinary base in political science, history, religion etc. to interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Holocaust, linguistics, area/region etc. Our journal gives great importance to traditional studies especially to the field of politics, history and religion. In the political studies, it is desired to develop ideas on how to further peace, economic justice, and democratic rights. In historical studies, it is desired to introduce rich archival materials from the Ottoman Empire in the Ottoman Archives based in Istanbul for criticize peaceful coexistence in in the Eastern Mediterranean. In religious studies, it is desired to compare Islam with Judaism and Christianity from scriptures, present the Torah to Quran. Also, to make difference between Jews and Judaism to understand the script from theoretical point.
The journal also pays close attention to the relationships of Israel to the Middle East and to the wider world, and encourages scholarly articles with this broader theoretical or comparative approach provided the focus remains on modern Israeli society and politics.
One of the main tasks of the Journal is to review recent books on Israel-Judaic related themes, published in English and Hebrew. Authors and publishers are invited to send the journal their books for review consideration.
Journal promotes changing traditional studying methods: from old to new Israiliyat. Israiliyat (Judaica or Israelitica) that body of Jewish lore that penetrated several genres of early Muslim texts. Although the term Neo- Israiliyat maintains distinctive characteristics from its predecessor, in contrast to classical Israiliyat new Israiliyat must mean a change to a new method, new subject matter, and in the theme. Instead of monolithic, totalizing, reliant on a binary logic, and based on an assumption of moral and cultural superiority over the other, it must serve as a critical constructivism to of all aspects of Jewish scholarship.
Anti-Israel criticism itself does not constitutes anti-Semitism and pro-Israel advocacy not to support occupation (Apartheid), Israel propaganda (hasbara), racism, conflict or oppression. Instead of biased projection, ideological deformation, journal is tool for critical understandings the other from a critical, humanistic, open-minded, and secular approach.
Instead of subjects and methods which are inextricably linked with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and resistance against Israel, Journal offers to look from other perspective: the Israeli insiders’ view or perception at Israeli society in all of its diversity (Israel from within).
As an international and interdisciplinary scholarly journal, it analyses double standards of Israel's adversaries and supporters by “singling out Israel” or “holding it to a different standard” than every other country in the Middle Eastern countries, based on the fact Israel must be compared with other Middle Eastern countries.
Critical awareness of sovereignty, power, hegemony, emancipation and the moral-political aspects of knowledge for occupation, settler colonialism, discrimination and violence vise vice critical awareness of faith, counter-hegemony, and the moral-political aspects of knowledge for national liberation, nonviolence struggle, resistance, solidarity, activism and rights.
Published one times a year, it encourages work from younger scholars at the start of their academic careers, as well as welcoming contributions from senior scholars.
There must be critically and scientific assess to Turkish and Muslim scholarship on Israel. However, being perceived lack of knowledge on Israeli and Judaic studies in Turkey and Islamic world, it follows Jewish and non-Jewish academic communities in different countries which establishing of centers and programs. Moreover, Palestinians in Israel, as an insiders-outsiders and indigenous minority, are well important for critical and scientific research on the Israeli and Judaic studies.