December 7th, 2012
David M. Freidenreich’s (NEJS ’99) Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law received the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Textual Studies category. Awards for Excellence honor new scholarly publications of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance, books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. 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. 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.
David Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College.