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Beyond faith and foxholes: vernacular religion and asymmetrical warfare within contemporary IDF combat units

Published on Feb 3, 2020in Small Wars & Insurgencies
· DOI :10.1080/09592318.2020.1713530
Nehemia Stern1
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(Ariel University),
Uzi Ben Shalom1
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(Ariel University)
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ABSTRACTThis paper explores the vernacular roles that religious practices and experiences play within contemporary combat units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). We argue for an anthropological p...
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