JIMES Faculty Accomplishments

Sarah Ifft Decker

Ifft Decker, Sarah. 2022. Jewish Women in the Medieval World, 500–1500 CE. Routledge.

Ifft Decker, Sarah. 2022. “Introduction to the Global History of Gender and Identity in the Middle Ages.” In Bloomsbury Medieval Studies. Bloomsbury Publishing.

“Contracts in a Time of Crisis: Jewish Family Law and Notarial Culture in Fourteenth-Century Catalonia,” 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, virtual, May 9-14, 2022

“‘As in the Hebrew Contract’: Jewish Law, Christian Notaries, and Documentary Culture in Medieval Catalonia,” Katz Center Spring Colloquium, Jews and Law in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity, University of Pennsylvania, virtual, April 25, 2022

“‘You Void All the Ordinances of the Communities’: Jewish Court Shopping and Communal Authority in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” 135th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 6-9, 2022 

“Contracts in Translation: Jewish Family Law and Notarial Culture in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” Association for Jewish Studies 53rd Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, December 19-21, 2021

“Invisible Jews and Jewish Monsters: Jews and Jewishness in Medieval-Inspired Films,” Medievalism Today: 36th Annual Conference on Medievalism, virtual, November 4-6, 2021

Raissa A. von Doetinchem de Rande

von Doetinchem de Rande, Raissa A. “Is the Fiṭra Mutable?  A Reformist Conception of Human Perfection in Shāh Walī Allāh´s Ḥujjat Allāh al-Bāligha,” in The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Nov. 2021), pp. 1-23.

Invited to speak at a Collegium in Honor of Wael Hallaq at Yale Law School.

Gave a talk on “The Study of Islamic Ethics and the Long Shadow of George F. Hourani” at the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Annual Meeting (Orange County, CA).

Other Accomplishments

Became secretary-treasurer for the Society of the Study of Muslim Ethics and served on the program committee of said society.

Jonathan Judaken

Academic Publications
Judaken, Jonathan. “Sipping Whiskey in Memphis: A Conversation Between Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken on Racism and Existentialism,” Sartre Studies International, vol. 27, no. 2 (2021): 10-24

Judaken, Jonathan. “The Politics of the Gesture: The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, Antiracism, and Intersectionality” in American Jewish History, vol. 105, Issue 1/2 (July 2021): 205-211.

Journalistic articles/Op-Eds

“Parallels in Critical Race Theory and Graphic Novel Maus Bans Sets Concerning Precedent in Tennessee,” Commercial Appeal, February 2, 2022

“When Do Analogies to the Holocaust Become Anti-Semitic,” Commercial Appeal, August 20, 2021

“Why Jews Should Embrace Critical Race Theory,” Tikkun, July 14, 2021

“The Shadows Around the Light Unto Nations,” The Australian, February 3, 2022 (about Critical Race Theory)

“Jewish Holocaust Victims Were NOT Victims of Critical Race Theory, Which Followed the Holocaust by Three Decades,” Lead Stories, July 16, 2021

“Albert Memmi in Dialogue with Caribbean and Africana Thought,” Caribbean Philosophical Association Summer School,” University of Memphis, June-July 2022

Invited Participant, “Blue Ribbon Commission on Antisemitism and University Responses,” Temple University, Philadelphia, April 2022

“Is Anti-Semitism Racism,” Critical Race Theory, Jews and Antisemitism Panel, Law versus Antisemitism Conference, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, March 2022

Roundtable moderator, “Antisemitism and Racism in a Moment of Reckoning,” University of Minnesota, November 2021

“Anti-Semitism and Racism: Entangled Genealogies,” Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, October 2021

“The Rise of Antisemitism from the Left and the Right,” Panel Discussion, American Public Square at Jewell, Kansas City, September 2021

“Judeophobia, Antiracism, and Anti-anti-Semitism: An Autoimmunitory Process?,” Entangled Otherings: Critical Perspectives on the Relationship of Anti-Semitism and Racism Conference, Gut Siggen, Germany, June 2021

Other Accomplishments
Elected to the Board of Directors for the Association for Jewish Studies

Serves on the task force on “Defining Antisemitism and the Limits of Academic Freedom” at the Association for Jewish Studies

John Kaltner

Kaltner, John. “Deuteronomy and Islam.” Oxford Handbook of Deuteronomy. Edited by Don C. Benjamin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Kaltner, John. “Nakedness.” In volume 20 of The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2022.

Book Reviews
D. Ferree Womack, Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Building Community in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 25/4 (November, 2021), 359-360.  

M. E. Pregill, The Golden Calf between Bible and Qur’an in Horizons 48/2 (December, 2021), 531-532.

Esen Kirdiş

Kirdiş, Esen. 2022. “Revisiting Religious Economy Models: The Decline of Religious Engagement among Turkish Youth.” Political Science Quarterly 137 (1): 73-97. 

Kirdiş, Esen. 2021. “Islamic Populism in Turkey.” Religions 12(9): 752-765.

Chair & Presenter, “The Rise of Religious Disengagement Amongst the Arab Youth: Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia” Presented at the Mediterranean Studies Association (MSA) Annual 2022 Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal.

Presenter, “Islamic Parties and their Religious Contenders.” Presented at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) 2022 Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Other Accomplishments

Division co-chair for Religion & Politics section at the American Political Science Association (APSA) 2022 Conference

Etty Terem

Terem, Etty. 2021. “Muslim Men, European Hats: A Fatwa on Cultural Imitation in a Global Age,” Journal of North African Studies 26(6): 1-26.

Presenter, “What is Moroccan Islam? Reflections on the history, uses and materializations of a concept” June 8-10, 2022 NIMAR International Symposium, (Rabat, Morocco)

Presenter, Symposium at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University 23-24 May 2022 (Tel Aviv, Israel)