Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

For examples in the biblical corpus, consider Joseph and Esther in the Imperial court.
See my chapter, "'Passing Strange': Gender Crossing in the Story of Joseph and Esther"
in, "The Female Ruse: Women's Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible" (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press 2015), 198-230.
This is an intersectional analysis of gender/Jewish identity (or "Hebrew" identity) as it crosses power lines.
Rachel Adelman

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

For the question of S. J. Crasnow experiences of "passing" or not passing as gentile –

See Jonathan Schorsch, Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century, Leiden 2008, p. 67, regarding communities (like the Spanish- Portuguese community in Amsterdam) who forbade passing as a Christian in the Iberian Catholic lands in 1644, and that Between 1645 and 1725, 80 persons were so punished for these transgressions (And see also p. 63 regarding passing as an ‘old Christian’).

Academic works on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous

Is anyone aware of scholarly works on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous? There are a few partisan, popular works and, of course, many clinical studies on the efficacy of AA. But I cannot find anything that takes a professional, academic approach to the history of this influential organization. 

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

Two different but potentially interesting sources:

Kerry Wallach, *Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany* (University of Michigan Press, 2017)

Ethan Katz, "Secular French Nationhood and its Discontents: Jews as Muslims and Religion as Race in Occupied France," in *Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times* (UPenn Press, 2015).

Evan Goldstein
Yale University

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

Thomas V. Cohen, "The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century," Sixteenth Century Journal 19:2 (1988): 209-221 uses a case study to explore the question of how recognizable Jews were as Jews in early modern urban settings and how easily they could "pass" as Gentiles.

Sarah Ifft Decker
Borns Jewish Studies Program
Indiana University

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

Dear S.J. Crasnow,

See Nechama Tec, Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust (New Haven, 2003), 205-255; Kerry Wallach, Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany (Ann Arbor, 2015); Lisa Silverman, "Revealing Jews: Culture and Visibility in Modern Central Europe," Shofar, 36,1 (2018): 134-160 (review essay, including further bibliography).

Best wishes,

Liran Yadgar

Yale University

Re: Pottery mottos; Najmat al-Quds

Dear Karl,

For inscriptions on Islamic pottery, see, inter alia:

Lisa Volov, “Plaited Kufic on Samanid Epigraphic Pottery," Ars Orientalis, 6 (1966): 107-133 (esp. the appendix on p. 133);

Manijeh Bayani, "Inscriptions on Early Islamic Ceramics: 9th to Late 12th Centuries," in Helen Philon, Early Islamic Ceramics: Ninth to Late Twelfth Centuries, [London], 1980, 293-302;

Re: Query: Recommendations for readings on Jews "passing" or not as gentile

Jews passing as non-Jews during the Holocaust, either as a survival strategy or by couriers and other resistance members, would be one research direction. Much information could be gleaned from within Holocaust accounts, especially by/about resistance members and survivor testimonies.

Ed Levin
Center for Textual Studies
Lifshitz College

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