Reading Group

We currently run a fully online reading group which meets once or twice per month. Like our membership, the texts we read and discuss come from a variety of fields and take diverse approaches to the study of Jews and Muslims and their intersections. Please ensure you register in advance at the links given below. All are welcome!

In the pre-pandemic era, we ran in-person reading groups in London & Manchester (see below for details of past meetings). Perhaps they’ll return one day.

Upcoming Sessions

September 30, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1) – please register here
Facilitator: Sarah Johnson
Readings: Chapters 2 & 5 of Yoav Di-Capua’s No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Decolonization (2018) and Aline Schlaepfer’s “Between Cultural and National Nahḍa: Jewish Intellectuals in Baghdad and the Nation-Building Process in Iraq (1921-1932)” (2011)
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October 15, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1) – please register here
Facilitator: Zoë Roth
Readings: Derrick A. Bell’s “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory?” (1995), Kimberlé Crenshaw’s “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” (1989), and W. J. T. Mitchell’s “The Moment of Theory: Race as Myth and Medium in Seeing Through Race” (2012)
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November 11, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT) – please register here
Facilitator:
Alaa Murad
Readings: Chapters 2 & 4 (and optionally also the introduction) of Ross Brann’s Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Jews and Muslims in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Islamic Spain (2002)
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Past Sessions

August 27, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1)
Facilitator: 
Robert Kanter
Readings: Marc David Baer’s “Muslim Encounters with Nazism and the Holocaust: The Ahmadi of Berlin and Jewish Convert to Islam Hugo Marcus” (2015) and Chapter 3 of German, Jew, Muslim, Gay: The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus (2020)

July 16, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1)
Facilitator: 
Flora Hastings
Readings: Chapter 3 of Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar’s Spain Unmoored (2017) and Erica Lehrer’s “Virtual, Virtuous, Vicarious, Vacuous? Towards a Vigilant Use of Labels” (2014)

June 4, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1)
Facilitator: 
Adi Saleem Bharat
Readings: Ali Meghji and Rima Saini’s “Rationalising Racial Inequality: Ideology, Hegemony and Post-Racialism among the Black and South Asian Middle-Classes” (2018) and Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry’s “Is the Radical Critique of Merit Anti-Semitic?” (1995)

May 14, 2020, 4-5pm (GMT+1)
Facilitator: Katharine Halls & Flora Hastings
Readings: Chapter 1 of Shahab Ahmed’s What is Islam? (2015) and Chapter 1 of Daniel Boyarin’s Judaism (2019)

London – March 4, 5-6.30pm
Facilitator: Flora Hastings & Katharine Halls
Readings: Chapter 1 of Aaron Hughes’s Shared Identities and Gil Anidjar’s ‘Muslim Jews.’
Location: MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH

Manchester – February 28, 2020, 1-2pm
Facilitator: Adi S. Bharat
Readings: Introduction and Chapter 1 of Aaron Hughes’ Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam (2017).
Location: Room S1.37, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester – December 6, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Zainab Salloo
Readings: Simon Weaver’s “A rhetorical discourse analysis of online anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic jokes” (2013) and Adi S. Bharat’s “Shalom alikoum! Challenging the conflictual model of Jewish-Muslim relations in France through stand-up comedy” (2020).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester – November 22, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Adi S. Bharat
Readings: David J. Wertheim’s “The Price of an Entrance Ticket to Western Society: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heinrich Heine and the Double Standard of Emancipation” (2017).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester – October 11, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Robert Kanter
Readings: Susannah Heschel’s “Orientalist triangulations” (2019).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester — September 27, 2019, 1-2pm
Facilitator: Michael Miller
Readings: Ethan Michaeli’s “Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona” (1999) and Martina Könighofer’s “Israelites and Ishmaelites” (2008).
Location: S3.24, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester – June 7, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitators: Adi S. Bharat & Katharine Halls
Readings: Introduction and Chapter 4 of Yulia Egorova’s Jews and Muslims in South Asia (2018).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester

Manchester – May 10, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitators: Adi S. Bharat & Katharine Halls
Readings: Gil Z. Hochberg’s “‘Remembering Semitism’ or ‘On the Prospect of Re-Membering the Semites’” (2016) and chapter one of Amartya Sen’s Identity & Violence (2006).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester