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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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from “Pluralism and Its Discontents: The Case of Blacks and Jews,” by Cheryl Greenberg

from “Pluralism and Its Discontents: The Case of Blacks and Jews,” by Cheryl Greenberg

Twen­ty years or so ago, not too long after I first start­ed teach­ing at the col­lege where I am still a pro­fes­sor, one of my colleagues–the woman who start­ed the institution’s Jew­ish Stud­ies Project–tried to start a Black-Jew­ish dia­logue on cam­pus. It was not suc­cess­ful. One rea­son, I think, was struc­tur­al. In my mem­o­ry the idea for the […]

from “The Lines That Antisemitism and Racism Draw”

from “The Lines That Antisemitism and Racism Draw”

Today is Shab­bat Nachamu, the Sab­bath of Con­so­la­tion. Last year at this time, I was on a fam­i­ly vaca­tion in Europe, sit­ting in our host’s din­ing room in Swe­den, ear­ly in the morn­ing while every­one else was still asleep, and writ­ing the fourth in a series of let­ters to Jonathan Pen­ton about racism and anti­semitism. […]

Reading “The Veil and The Male Élite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam,” by Fatima Mernissi

Reading “The Veil and The Male Élite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam,” by Fatima Mernissi

About two-and-a-half years ago, I post­ed about Mernissi’s book because read­ing it was an instruc­tive jour­ney into my own igno­rance about Islam, par­tic­u­lar­ly about an aspect of that reli­gion that, to put it mild­ly, sticks in the craw of many, many peo­ple in the west: the veil. My plan at the time was to read her […]

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