Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Foreigners and Their Food – Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law - California Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law

David Freidenreich


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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253216
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Freidenreich, author