The Katz Center is a global leader in the study of Jewish civilization.

An Interview with Katz Center Fellow Marc Herman

"Jews had a legal culture long before they came under the aegis of Islam, even before they were known as Jews. But the spread of Islam brought about many changes to Jewish societies."

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International Fellowship Program

Jews and Modern Legal Culture

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The 18th to 21st centuries have been an age of transition from a world of empires to one of the nation-state and international law. This year's fellowship theme promotes new research on Jews and the law across disciplinary perspectives, including Jewish law as it has developed in modern contexts and the roles of Jews within non-Jewish legal cultures.

Blog

Point/Counterpoint: Jewish Activism in 1944 and the Bombing of Auschwitz
November 21, 2022
Point/Counterpoint: Jewish Activism in 1944 and the Bombing of Auschwitz
by The Jewish Quarterly Review

In this JQR forum, two scholars debate how fateful decisions were made.

New Issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review: Fall 2022
November 16, 2022
New Issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review: Fall 2022
by The Jewish Quarterly Review

The TOC in Brief

Jewish Marriage Contracts Animate Shalom Sabar’s SIMS-Katz Lecture
November 3, 2022
Jewish Marriage Contracts Animate Shalom Sabar’s SIMS-Katz Lecture
by Natalie B. Dohrmann

Jewish marriage contracts offer a glimpse of the complex identities of everyday Jews living in Islamic lands.