On December 3 my upper-level legal history seminar, HI 510 Global History of Tolerance, took a trip to visit the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester (ISGW). We were hosted by Amjad Bhatti, President of the ISGW, and spoke at length with Dr. Amjad Bahnassi, who has been leading the efforts to secure the purchase of […]
Call for Applicants for 2017 Forum for International Forum of Young Scholars on Eastern European Jewry
The Eight Session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry will be held in Prague, July 3-6, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for advanced doctoral students and recent PhDs to share their work and build relationships. See here for application details.
I take a look at Gyory Spiro’s novel “Captivity” and what it tries to say about messianism and sovereignty in Israel and the diaspora.http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/books/1.718539
Click here for the poster! HI510 Topics in Legal History: Global History of Tolerance Fall 2016, Wednesdays 2-5pm About the Course The goal of the course Topics in Legal History is to provide an opportunity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in history to study together with law students in a weekly seminar devoted to a compelling […]
My interview with Sam Moyn on his new book Christian Human Rights, perfectly timed for the Pope’s visit to the UN. http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/first-impressions-50-samuel-moyn/
I spoke to Tzipi Livni about the meaning of a Jewish and democratic state, Jabotinsky, Ruvi Rivlin, and some other good stuff. In MRB: http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/a-conversation-with-tzipi-livni/
I review an exhibit on the Yiddish vocabulary of violence, on the street and in the wrestling ring. In MRB: http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/a-blessing-on-your-head-and-other-ways-to-deliver-a-beating-in-yiddish-simon-rabinovitch/
I look at Maud Mandel’s new book and unpack the origins of Muslim-Jewish tension in France today. http://www.haaretz.com/life/books/.premium-1.635747 or http://blogs.bu.edu/srabinov/files/2015/01/SR-Mandel-Haaretz.pdf.
Click here for the poster! HI 295, Religious Controversies and the Law, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:30 Short description: Explores a major challenge faced by modern states, namely the regulation of religion. Case studies from Europe, North America, and Israel demonstrate the ways in which governments have weighed religious freedom against other social and legal values, […]
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