This series consists of scholarly monographs at the cutting-edge of the study of Abrahamic Religions. The idea of 'Abrahamic Religions' as an academic field is a recent development. Previously, one usually spoke of the 'monotheistic religions' or of the 'religions of the Book'. The increase in intellectual interest in the comparative approach to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is clearly a sign of the time, and reflects the striking (and almost totally unpredicted) surge in the importance of religious traditions and patterns of thought and behavior in the twenty-first century, at the global level. While this importance is easy to detect, it remains to be identified clearly and analyzed, from a comparative perspective. Our existing scholarly apparatus is not always adequate in attempting to understand precisely the nature of similarities and differences between the monotheistic religions, and the transformations of their 'family resemblances' in different cultural and historical contexts.
This series includes studies devoted to the study of how 'Abrahamic' traditions mix, blend, disintegrate and are rebuilt, clash and impact upon one another, usually in polemical contexts, but also, often, in odd yet persistent ways of interaction and even symbiosis between them.
Guy G. Stroumsa, Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor Emeritus of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at University of Oxford.
Adam J. Silverstein, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at Bar Ilan University.