Israel studies is the academic field that interrogates Israel – a dynamic, interdisciplinary area whose goal is to explore and decode the inner logic of a country that embodies an unusual blend of contradictions. An ancient land, and yet a very young state and society, a modern and progressive “start-up nation” and high-tech leader, yet traditional, cherishing ancient customs and rituals – Israel is a mosaic of paradoxes. Israel’s political arena, social relations, and cultural scene are extremely vibrant, and historical events are often at the center of public discourse.
It is a democratic nation-state that is home to a widely diverse population with roots in a broad spectrum of ethnic, religious, cultural, and social backgrounds.
For all of these reasons, Israel studies is a field that demands the multidisciplinary approaches that the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism offers.