Curriculum Vitae

Dekel Peretz is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology of Heidelberg University. His research focuses on Muslim-Jewish encounters in Berlin within the framework of the ORA and DFG funded joint research project: “Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: religion, culture and social model.” This project is a cooperation of Heidelberg University, Birkbeck University of London, University of Strasbourg and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Dekel obtained his PhD in history from the University of Potsdam in 2020. In his dissertation Zionism and Cosmopolitanism: Franz Oppenheimer and the Dream of a Jewish Future in Germany and Palestine Dekel dealt with the history of sociology and Jewish identity in fin de siècle Germany in the context of the racial and colonial discourses. His previous research and publications focused on schools and social transformation in Arab Palestine during the British Mandate, Zionism, utopian thought, colonial fantasies and German memorial culture.

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Research project



Peretz, D. (2022). Zionism and Cosmopolitanism: Franz Oppenheimer and the Dream of a Jewish Future in Germany and Palestine. Berlin Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Peretz, D., & Kotowski, E.-V. (2016). Franz Oppenheimer: Wegbereiter der sozialen Marktwirtschaft. Berlin: Hentrich & Hentrich.

Journal Articles

Peretz, D. (2023). Generation Enraged: The Journal Jalta as a Mouthpiece for Young Jews in Germany. European Judaism, 56(2), 75–87.

Peretz, D. (2016). “Utopia as a Fact”. Franz Oppenheimer’s Paths in Utopia between Science, Fiction and Race. Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies, 3(1), 64–85.

Contributions to a Collected Edition

Peretz, D. (2023). Altneuland – A German Colonial Journal? In S. Marten-Finnis & M. Nagel (Eds.), On the Transcultural Nature of Jewish Periodicals: Interconnectivity and Entanglements (pp. 197–206). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Rau, V., & Peretz, D. (2023). Zwischen Tradition und Freiheit: Religion, Säkularität und Religionsfreiheit aus jüdischer Perspektive. In V. Rau & M. Nicoubin (Eds.), Religionsverfassungsrecht revisited: Religion, Säkularität und Gesellschaft im Wandel (pp. 211–226). Bonn: bpb.

Peretz, D., & Nagel, A.-K. (2022). Chapter 4 Precarious Companionship: Discourses of Adversity and Commonality in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Initiatives in Germany. In B. Gidley & S. S. Everett (Eds.), Jews and Muslims in Europe. Between Discourse and Experience (pp. 99–119). Leiden, Boston: BRILL.

Peretz, D. (2017). Franz Oppenheimer: A Pioneer of Diasporic Zionism. In U. Brunotte, J. Mohn, & C. Späti (Eds.), Internal Outsiders—Imagined Orientals—Invented Occidentals? Antisemitism, Colonialism and modern Constructions of Jewish Identity (pp. 187–200). Ergon.

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