“Idolaters Who do not Engage in Idolatry”

David M. Freidenreich

in Foreigners and Their Food

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520253216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950276 | DOI:
“Idolaters Who do not Engage in Idolatry”

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This chapter focuses on Jewish conceptions of Muslims and Christians, as reflected in regulations governing wine associated with gentiles. It highlights the importance that medieval authorities ascribed to their respective approaches to classifying humanity. It shows how distinctively Jewish, Christian, and Islamic styles of thought on this subject result in divergent responses to questions about the application of foreign food restrictions to contemporary foreigners.

Keywords: Muslims; Christians; Jews; wine; food restrictions; foreign food; gentiles

Chapter.  8082 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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