Self-contained case studies teach students best practices in interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research is a burgeoning field, largely due to its ability to tackle complex problems facing humanity that extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective and require interdisciplinary thinking and research for their resolution.

Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research successfully applies the model of the interdisciplinary research process outlined by author Allen F. Repko in Interdisciplinary Research, (SAGE ©2008) to a wide spectrum of challenging research questions. Self-contained case studies, written by leaders in interdisciplinary research, and utilizing best-practice techniques in conducting interdisciplinary research shows students how to apply the interdisciplinary research process to a variety of problems.

Jewish Marriage as an Expression of Israel's Conflicted Identity
Marilyn R.Tayler

Marriage, according to the laws of Israel, is an exclusively religious institution; there is no civil marriage. There are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Baha'i, and Druze institutions designated to administer marriage laws for their own religious groups.1 Although Israel is a secular democracy, it does not maintain full separation of religion and state. Israel largely identifies itself as a Jewish and secular democratic state. For reasons to be explored later, however, Israel has accepted the Orthodox Rabbinate's exclusive control of Jewish marriage. The question is whether such a connection between religion and state is compatible with a democracy in the area of marriage law. For example, a couple consisting of one partner who is Jewish and ...

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