For all those interested in the experience of Jews in the Ottoman realm.
This essay considers the category of “Jewish law” in Jewish studies while inviting scholarly and historiographic assessment of the ways that Judaism’s link to law has come to appear as obvious. Considering that our present concepts of law are invariably linked to a geographically and temporally parochial “mythology of modern law,” the essay sounds a preliminary set of interventions and conversations designed to open critical reflection on these links. First, it considers how halakhah is assimilated as law, which is in turn seen as quintessentially Jewish. Second, it invokes critical assessments of law as a modern European colonial construct. Third, it moves to Hindu law and Islamic law as examples of scholarly fields whose histories are implicated in European colonialism. Fourth, it discusses the construction of Jewish law in Israeli Zionist contexts and in the context of the U.S. law school. It then closes with some suggestions for future directions.
An introduction and overview of a new column which will review projects at the intersection of digital humanities and Jewish Studies
…Prof Eng & Jewish Studies…
rhetorical history and theory, jewish studies, the profession
Latin American Jewish studies. on-line scholarly resources, sociology of the arts, gender
Associate Director of Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Latin American literature, film, and cultural studies.
Medieval Jewish Studies Medieval Cross-Cultural Literary Exchange Middle Ages
Latin American Studies, Jewish Studies, Contemporary Film and Visual Arts, Feminist and Gender Studies
collective memory, historiography, national identity in Israeli, Palestinian, and Spanish Peninsular Lit. Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies.
Medieval English Literature