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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise

Another puncture to the regressive dhimmi myth. Here are a few reviews. Thomas F. Madden review; Nirmal Das review; Danusha V. Goska review; Norman Berdichevsky review; Julia Pavón Benito review; Jude P. Dougherty review; Anne Barbeau Gardiner review; Paul Monk review. ChristianityDario Fernandez-MoreraislamjihadjizyaJudaismMiddle Agesregressive leftSpaintaqiya

Philo’s Doctrine of the LOGOS

Philo of Alexandria: this is a slightly reworked essay, hopefully this time round with the Greek characters rendering correctly. For those who want to learn more about this fascinating character the best recent Philonic hubs are David Runia and Torrey Seland (and blog). Of course there are a few scholars from earlier generations (“pre-publish or perish days”) such as Bury, Dodd, and…

Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto

Eric Cohen and Aylana Meisel in Commentary. To this day, many American Jews reflexively associate anti-Semitism with the “Right.” And without question, the “neo-Nazi” and white-supremacist strains of anti-Semitism exist in America, and occasionally their sick adherents act out against the Jews. But these perverse philosophies have no broad institutional base and no representatives in…

In Defense of Our National and Religious Traditions

Interesting piece by Yoram Hazony in Mosaic. How to shore up this collapsing front? Given the history I have described, it seems likely that there is now only one way: an alliance of Old Testament-conscious Protestants and nationalist Catholics and Jews who will seek to update the biblical and Protestant heritage of the West and restore it…

Black Jews in Africa and the Americas

I’ve been following the fascinating work of Tudor Parfitt for the past thirty or so years. He is known primarily for his television programmes broadcast on the BBC and Channel Four. I finally got to reading his book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas. In this age of crude identity politics and “cultural appropriation” fundamentalists, the…