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Jonathan Aaron Boyarin,  Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies; Professor

Cornell Jewish Studies aims to be a model of engaged discussion and scholarship in the humanities. It offers the Cornell community a connecting thread to the lives of ancestors and neighbors, both now and long ago, down the block and far away, recorded in text, practice, art, and material culture.

Featured Faculty Research:

Professor Ross Brann is currently working on finishing his book, Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus & Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture. The book is a comparative study of the idea of "Andalusi exceptionalism" from 900-1200 based on analysis of a variety of literary and historical texts written in Arabic and Hebrew. This spring and summer he will finish up one of its chapters, an examination of Andalusi or Andalusi minded travelers to the Muslim East and how they reflected back on what they deemed the superiority of their homeland's cultural and religious traditions.

"Although my study is firmly grounded in the late classical age of Islam, the themes I explore in the book have contemporary resonance," says Brann of his work.