Excerpt: Classifying Christians by Todd S. Berzon

An excerpt from Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity by Todd S. Berzon. Continue Reading →

The Patient Body: Phyllis Schlafly’s Urology

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine. This month: Bathrooms, civil rights legislation, and holding it. Continue Reading →

Israel Studies, A Form of Public Diplomacy?

“I know what the podium I stand behind represents, what Israel studies represents. I know this is a form of public diplomacy.” — Amal Jamal, “Israeli-Arab” professor of political science, Tel-Aviv University, one of two Palestinian scholars (of a total of 300 attendees) at the annual meeting of the Association for Israel Studies in Toronto in early May.

This week The Forward, a Jewish daily newspaper, published an article by Gal Beckerman that examines the swift increase of Israel Studies programs on American university campuses — often funded by wealthy Israeli donors as a reaction to established “left-leaning” Middle Eastern Studies programs. Continue Reading →