Julie Chajes is a cultural historian with a special interest in the construction of modern religion. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Tel Aviv University and is preparing a monograph on the reincarnation theory of Madame Blavatsky, the “great-grandmother” of the New Age movement. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Haifa, where she researched the Victorian Christian Zionists Alice and Laurence Oliphant, and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she studied modern forms of Kabbalah and occult movements. Her scholarship also focuses on syncretism in the construction of doctrines, sexuality and gender, Orientalism, and the relationship between religion and science in the Victorian period.

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