Manchester Reading Group

Below are listings for upcoming and past reading group sessions in Manchester. Like our membership, the texts we read and discuss come from a variety of fields and take diverse approaches to the intersection of Jewish and Muslim studies (broadly defined).

Upcoming Sessions

All Manchester Reading Group sessions have been cancelled for the rest of the academic year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Past Sessions

Session 7 – February 28, 2020, 1-2pm
Facilitator: Adi S. Bharat
Readings: Introduction and Chapter 1 of Aaron Hughes’ Shared Identities: Medieval and Modern Imaginings of Judeo-Islam (2017).
Location: Room S1.37, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 6 – December 6, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Zainab Salloo
Readings: Simon Weaver’s “A rhetorical discourse analysis of online anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic jokes” (2013) and Adi S. Bharat’s “Shalom alikoum! Challenging the conflictual model of Jewish-Muslim relations in France through stand-up comedy” (2020).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 5 – November 22, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Adi S. Bharat
Readings: David J. Wertheim’s “The Price of an Entrance Ticket to Western Society: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heinrich Heine and the Double Standard of Emancipation” (2017).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 4 – October 11, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitator: Robert Kanter
Readings: Susannah Heschel’s “Orientalist triangulations” (2019).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 3 – September 27, 2019, 1-2pm
Facilitator: Michael Miller, FAU Erlangen–Nürnberg
Readings: Ethan Michaeli’s “Another Exodus: The Hebrew Israelites from Chicago to Dimona” (1999) and Martina Könighofer’s “Israelites and Ishmaelites” (2008).
Location: S3.24, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 2 – June 7, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitators: Adi S. Bharat & Katharine Halls
Readings: Introduction and Chapter 4 of Yulia Egorova’s Jews and Muslims in South Asia (2018).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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Session 1 – May 10, 2019, 12:30-2pm
Facilitators: Adi S. Bharat & Katharine Halls
Readings: Gil Z. Hochberg’s “‘Remembering Semitism’ or ‘On the Prospect of Re-Membering the Semites'” (2016) and chapter one of Amartya Sen’s Identity & Violence (2006).
Location: WG.21, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
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