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Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law: Book by David M. Freidenreich

Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law

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ISBN: 9780520286276    Publisher: University of California Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 352        Language: English
Foreigners and Their Food explores how Jews, Christians, and Muslims conceptualize us" and them" through rules about the preparation of food by adherents of other religions and the act of eating with such...Read more
Foreigners and Their Food explores how Jews, Christians, and Muslims conceptualize us" and them" through rules about the preparation of food by adherents of other religions and the act of eating with such outsiders. David M. Freidenreich analyzes the significance of food to religious formation, elucidating the ways ancient and medieval scholars use food restrictions to think about the other." Freidenreich illuminates the subtly different ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims perceive themselves, and he demonstrates how these distinctive self-conceptions shape ideas about religious foreigners and communal boundaries. This work, the first to analyze change over time across the legal literatures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, makes pathbreaking contributions to the history of interreligious intolerance and to the comparative study of religion.
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About the author: David M. Freidenreich
David M. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College and Director of its Jewish Studies program.

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Review:
A very fine study... Freidenreich's book ... is an important contribution that will prove valuable... A fascinating and useful examination." -- Irven M. Resnick H-Net Reviews "His insights into how...Read more
A very fine study... Freidenreich's book ... is an important contribution that will prove valuable... A fascinating and useful examination." -- Irven M. Resnick H-Net Reviews "His insights into how food helps define our identities is fascinating ... It's impossible to do justice to Freidenreich's explanations." -- Rabbi Rachel Esserman The Reporter Group "[Freidenreich] coveys a meaningful message to all communitites that through dietary laws and restrictions we imagine ourselves and foreigners as others." -- Mehnaz M. Afridi Journal of American Academy of Religion
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