Scott Ury on “Islamophobia and Antisemitism” book: “an incredibly important contribution”

A lovely short review of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story? by Scott Ury in Religious Study Review.

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First published: 04 November 2018 | | PDF link | Text below
Edited by James Renton and Ben Gidley. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. xii + 311. $32.00.
By juxtaposing studies of anti-Semitism to those addressing Islamophobia, this collection of ten articles makes an extremely important contribution to both of these fields as well as the growing effort to study the various intersections and influences between these two related yet distinct phenomena. 

In addition to a helpful introduction by the volume’s co-editors laying out many of the central questions regarding the study of Islamophobia alongside anti-Semitism, this book includes a discussion by Sander Gilman on relations between Muslims and Jews through the topic of circumcision, an essay by Gil Anidjar on “Antisemitism and Its Critics” in today’s world, and a thought-provoking essay by co-editor Renton on the place of “the Semite” in British and European colonial imagination and policy.
In addition to these essays, readers will find chapters that examine Islamophobia and anti-Semitism from the time
of the Crusades up until today and across the European continent from the United Kingdom to the Balkans.
Although each chapter focuses on a different time and place, the act of including studies on anti-Semitism alongside those on Islamophobia makes an incredibly important contribution to both the study and potential conceptualization of these two phenomena. This is an excellent volume not only for scholars of anti-Semitism
and for those researching Islamophobia but even more importantly a small step toward the long overdue and potentially rewarding effort of analyzing and discussing these two different phenomena within a common scholarly framework.
Scott Ury
Tel Aviv University
  • Page: 344
  • First Published: 04 November 2018

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