Foreigners and Their Food

David Freidenreich

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520253216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950276 | DOI:
Foreigners and Their Food

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This book 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. The book analyzes the significance of food to religious formation, elucidating the ways ancient and medieval scholars use food restrictions to think about the “other.” It illuminates the subtly different ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims perceive themselves, and it demonstrates how these distinctive self-conceptions shape ideas about religious foreigners and communal boundaries. This work, the first to analyze change over time across the legal literatures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, contributes to the history of interreligious intolerance and to the comparative study of religion.

Keywords: Jews; Christians; Muslims; rules; preparation of food; outsiders; food restrictions; other; self-conceptions; religious foreigners

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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