ryan_bookAstrolabes in Medieval Cultures

Edited by Josefina Rodríguez-Arribas, Charles Burnett, Silke Ackermann and Ryan Szpiech

Based on a special issue first published in the journal Medieval Encounters (vol. 23, 2017), this volume brings together fifteen updated studies on various aspects of the astrolabe in medieval cultures. Contributors are Silke Ackermann, Emilia Calvo, John Davis, Laura Fernández Fernández, Miquel Forcada, Azucena Hernández, David A. King, Taro Mimura, Günther Oestmann, Josefina Rodríguez-Arribas, Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma, Petra G. Schmidl, Giorgio Strano, Flora Vafea, and Johannes Thomann.
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ryan_bookMedieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean

Edited by Ryan Szpiech

“An impressively coherent collection illuminating the rich cultural and historical importance of biblical exegesis in the medieval Mediterranean world. Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference assembles a formidable cadre of creative scholars whose rigorous investigations render it a fascinating and important contribution.”
—Jeremy Cohen, Tel Aviv University

“The quality of the studies in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference is of a very high level and many [of the essays] break new ground based on the close study of manuscripts or the examination of familiar texts from new perspectives.”
—Barry Dov Walfish, University of Toronto

“These articles could be considered the trailblazers of future research concerning medieval apologetical and polemical literature…More studies like these will give the world of medieval scholarship a more solid foundation for doing general survey work on interreligious engagement in the Middle Ages. Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference is an exemplary attempt to provide a significant step in the direction of a more nuanced and balanced view of medieval Jewish, Christian, and Muslim relations.”
—Steven J. McMichael, University of Saint Thomas

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Reviews of Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference

2019       Reviewed by David A. Wacks in Journal of Medieval Worlds 1.1 (2019): 125‒128.

2018       Reviewed by Steven J. McMichael in Digital Philology 7.1 (2018): 127‒130.

2017       Reviewed by J. Scott Bridger in Journal of Qur’anic Studies 19.2 (2017): 132-139.

2017       Reviewed by Alex Novikoff in The Medieval Review (17.06.03).

2017       Reviewed by Norman Roth in Iberia Judaica 9 (2017): 259‒262.

2016       Reviewed by Mario Cossío Olavide in Anuario de estudios medievales 46.2 (2016): 1062–1064.

2016       Reviewed by Linda S. Schearing in Renaissance Quarterly 69.3 (2016):1133–1135.

2016       Reviewed by Charles Tieszen in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 27 (2016)

2016       Reviewed by Matthew Gabriele in Al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 28.1 (2016): 89-90.

2016       Reviewed by Michelle Hamilton in Speculum 91.2 (2016): 562-64.

2016       Reviewed by Görge Hasselhoff in Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies 2.2 (2016): 295-98.

2016       Reviewed by S. Katz in Choice 2.2 (2016): 435.



ryan_bookConversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic

Winner of the 2015 La Corónica Book Award

“A remarkably learned, ambitious, and important study. Conversion and Narrative will make a signal contribution to medieval studies in general, but more particularly to literary studies, intellectual history, and religious studies.”
—Thomas E. Burman, University of Tennessee

“This impressive book bridges the fields of religious studies and comparative literature in order to produce close and sophisticated readings of conversion narratives from the later Middle Ages across a broad array of languages (Latin, Castilian/Catalan, Arabic, and Hebrew). Very few scholars can move so gracefully among these languages and areas of scholarship while offering insights from the minutiae of philological analysis to high literary theory, reflections on the nature of religion, and notions of the self.”
—Jonathan Decter, Brandeis University
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Reviews of Conversion and Narrative

2016       Reviewed by Nicholas Parmley in La Corónica 44.2 (2016): 158–163.

2016       Reviewed by Ora Limor in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations 11.1 (2016): 1–3.

2016       Reviewed by Karl Shuve in SHARP News July 3, 2016.

2015       Reviewed by Anna Akasoy in Journal of Islamic Studies 26.3 (2015): 338-340.

2015       Reviewed by Emmanuel Ramírez-Nieves in Comparative Literature Studies 52.2 (2015): 433-436.

2015       Reviewed by Gerard Wiegers in al-Qantara 36.1 (2015): 295–301.

2015       Reviewed by George Archer in al-Masāq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 27.1 (2015): 95‒96.

2015       Reviewed by Maya Soifer Irish in The Journal of Religion 95.1 (2015): 125–27.

2014       Reviewed by Ruth Nisse in Postmedieval 5.3 (2014): 374–85.

2014       Reviewed by Geoffrey D. Dunn in The Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association 10 (2014): 137‒39.

2014       Reviewed by Seth Kimmel in Comparative Literature 66.3 (2014): 361-63.

2014       Reviewed by Deeana Copeland Klepper in Medieval Encounters 20.3 (2014): 265–272.

2014       Reviewed by Teofilo Ruiz in MLN 129.2 (2014): 465-66.

2014       Reviewed by Michelle Hamilton in Hispanic Review 82.2 (2014): 251-54.

2014       Reviewed by Christian Scholl in Sehepunkte 14 (2014): Nr. 6 [15.06.2014] [in German]

2014       Reviewed by Norman Roth in Iberia Judaica 6 (2014): 294-95.

2013       Reviewed by Anthony Bonner in Studia Lulliana 53 (2013): 210–12. [in Catalan]

2013       Reviewed by Nina Caputo in AJS Review 37.2 (2013): 395-97.

2013       Reviewed by Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak in The Medieval Review (13.11.02)

2013       Reviewed by Robin Vose in The Catholic Historical Review 99.4 (2013): 775-77.

2013       Reviewed by David Wacks in Speculum 88.3 (2013): 853-55.

2013       Reviewed by Alex Novikoff in Newsletter of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (November 23, 2013)

2013       Short review in Zion 78.3 (2013): 434. [in Hebrew]