Nabil Matar and Gerald MacLean, “Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713” (Oxford UP, 2011)
Nineteenth-century observers would say that the British Empire was an Islamic one; be that as it may, before Empire there was trade- and lots of it. Nabil Matar and Gerald MacLean‘s book, Britain and the Islamic World, 1558-1713 (Oxford:… Read More
Robert F. Barsky and Noam Chomsky, “Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism” (MIT Press, 2011)
Zellig Harris’s name is famous in linguistics primarily for his early work on transformational grammar and his influence on his most famous student, Noam Chomsky. However, much of his linguistic work has since fallen into comparative obscurity. Moreover, his political… Read More
Eric Weiner, “Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine” (Twelve, 2012)
In his new book, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine (Twelve, 2011), Eric Weiner, former correspondent for both NPR and theNew York Times, confronts his spiritual side after a medical emergency takes him too close… Read More
Sol Stern, “A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred” (Encounter Books, 2011)
In his new book, A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred, (Encounter Books, 2011), Sol Stern, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor to City Journal, provides an eye-opening analysis of the history surrounding the… Read More
Parna Sengupta, “Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal” (University of California Press, 2011)
What is the relationship between religion, secularization, and education? Parna Sengupta, Associate Director of Introductory Studies at Stanford University, explores their connections as she reexamines the categories religion, empire, and modernity. In her new book, Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Read More
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