ANN: Concordia University Library - Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies

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The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the inauguralConcordia University Library - Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies — a new prize jointly offered by the The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Concordia University Library.  

Congratulations to Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, author of Architectural Culture in British Mandate Palestine, 1917-1947 (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), and Haggai Ram, author of Intoxicating Zion: A Social History of Hashish in Mandatory Palestine and Israel (Stanford University Press, 2020), the 2021 Best Book in Israel Studies co-winners!

The jury would like to thank the authors and publishers for over forty excellent works that were submitted for this competition. 

The co-winners were asked why they wrote their books and what they learned from them: See Inbal's answers    See Haggai's answers 


The other finalists were:

Ilana Szobel, Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Modern Hebrew Literature (State University of New York Press). 

Alexander Kaye,The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel (Oxford University Press). 


The jury consisted of: 

Geoffrey Robert Little, Associate University Librarian at Concordia University, Director of Concordia University Press, Co-Chair of the Jury 

Dr. Csaba Nikolenyi, Professor, Department of Political Science at Concordia University, Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Series Editor for McGill-Queen's-Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies 

Dr. Loren Lerner, Professor Emerita of Art History at Concordia University 

Dr. Ira Robinson, Professor Emerita of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University, Chair and Director of the Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies