The following is a selected list of publications with links to the publisher's site. For a complete list, see the cv.


Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

Forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company

Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism

Herbert L. Kessler and David Nirenberg, Editors
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages

Princeton University Press, 1996. Paperback edition, February, 1998.

Spanish translation: Comunidades de Violencia: Persecución de minorías en la edad media, Peninsula Editorial (2001); French translation: Violence et minorités au Moyen Age, Presses Universitaires de France (2001).


Badiou’s Number: a Critique of Mathematical Ontology,” co-authored with Ricardo Nirenberg, Critical Inquiry 37.4 (2011), 583-614. (Response by Alain Badiou, and reply by us, “Critical Response,” in Critical Inquiry 38 (2012), 362-387.

The Judaism of Christian Art,” in Judaism and Christian Art, ed. H. Kessler and D. Nirenberg (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), pp. 387-428.

Introduction,” in Judaism and Christian Art, ed. H. Kessler and D. Nirenberg (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), pp. 1-9.

Shakespeare’s Jewish Questions,” Renaissance Drama 38 (2010).

Anti-Zionist Demography,” Dissent (Spring, 2010), 103-9.

"Judentum und Islam in der europäischen Dialektik von Glaube und Vernunft: Anmerkungen zur Geschichtstheologie Papst Benedikts XVI,“ in Religionskontroversen im Verfassungsstaat, ed. Hans G. Kippenberg and Astrid Reuter (Verlag Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010), pp. 181-207.

Was there Race before Modernity? The Example of ‘Jewish’ Blood in Late Medieval Spain,” in The Origins of Racism in the West, ed. Miriam Eliav-Feldon, Benjamin Isaac, and Joseph Ziegler (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 232-64.

"Love and Capitalism," The New Republic, Sept. 25, 2009, pp. 39-42.

Unrenounceable Core,” London Review of Books, 31.14 (23 July, 2009), 16-18.

Christendom and Islam,” in The Cambridge History of Christianity: Christianity in Western Europe c. 1100-c. 1500, ed. M. Rubin and W. Simons (Cambridge University Press, 2009), 149-69.

Slay Them Not,” The New Republic, March 18, 2009, pp. 42-47.

Choosing Life,” The New Republic, Nov. 5, 2008, pp. 39-43.

Whatever Happened to the Commonwealth?” (with Jane Dailey), Dissent Magazine (online), Sep. 29, 2008.

Islam and the West: Two Dialectical Fantasies,” Journal of Religion in Europe, 1 (2008), pp. 1-33.

Hope’s Mistakes,” The New Republic, Feb. 13, 2008.

The Politics of Love and its Enemies,” Critical Inquiry 33.3 (Spring 2007), pp. 573-605 [reprinted in Religion: Beyond a Concept, ed. Hent de Vries (Fordham University Press, 2008), 491-512].

Truth and Consequences,” The New Republic, Dec 11, 2006.

What Benedict Really Said. Paleologus and Us.The New Republic, Oct 10, 2006.

Engaging ‘Order and Exclusion’: Reflections on a recent book by Dominique Iogna-Prat,” Early Medieval Europe 13 (2005), pp. 389-96.

The Birth of the Pariah: Jews, Christian Dualism, and Social Science,Social Research 70.1 (Spring, 2003), 201-236.

Enmity and Assimilation: Jews, Christians, and Converts in Medieval Spain,” Common Knowledge 9 (2003), 137-155.

Conversion, Sex, and Segregation: Jews and Christians in Medieval Spain,” American Historical Review 107 (Oct. 2002), pp. 1065-1093.

Mass Conversion and Genealogical Mentalities: Jews and Christians in Fifteenth-Century Spain,” Past and Present 174 (Feb. 2002), pp. 3-41.

From Nebuchadnezzar to Negroponte: Three Millennia of Millennialism,” Offcourse: a Literary Journal 5 (Fall 1999)

"The State of Mudejar Studies," Journal of Medieval History 24 (1998), pp. 381-89.

"Les juifs, la violence, et le sacré," Annales: HSS 50 (1995), pp. 109-131.

"Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Fourteenth-Century Crown of Aragon," Viator 24 (1993), pp. 249-268.

"A Female Rabbi in Fourteenth Century Zaragoza?," Sefarad 51 (1991), pp. 179-182.


Review of Shlomo Sand, The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso, 2009), Dissent (Spring, 2010), 103-9.

Review of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate: On Integral Human development in Charity and Truth (Ignatius Press, 2009), The New Republic, Sep. 23, 2009, pp. 39-42.

Review of Yirmiyahu Yovel, The Other Within: The Marranos, Split Identity and Emerging Modernity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009), in London Review of Books 31.14 (23 July, 2009), 16-18.

Review of Paula Fredriksen, Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (New York: Doubleday, 2008), in The New Republic, March 18, 2009, pp. 42-47.

Review of Hans Jonas, Memoirs, ed. Christian Wiese (Brandeis: Brandeis University Press, 2008), and Christian Wiese, The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish Dimensions (Brandeis: Brandeis University Press, 2008), in The New Republic, Nov. 5, 2008, pp. 39-43.

Review of Harvey Hames, Like Angels on Jacob’s Ladder: Abraham Abulafia, the Franciscans, and Joachimism (Albany: SUNY Press, 2007), Journal of Ecclesiastical History 60 (2009), 160-61.

Review Essay of Elka Klein, Jews, Christian Society, and Royal Power in Medieval Barcelona, in Jewish History 22 (June, 2008), pp. 245-253.

Review of Jonathan Elukin, Living Together, Living Apart: Rethinking Jewish-Christian Relations in the Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2007), in The New Republic, Feb. 13, 2008, pp. 46-50.

Review of Kenneth Stow, Jewish Dogs: An Image and its Interpreters (Stanford, 2006) and Israel Jacob Yuval, Two Nations in Your Womb: Perceptions of Jews and Christians in Late NAtiquity and the Middle Ages (Berkeley, 2006), The American Historical Review (April, 2007), 562-64.

Review of Chris Lowney, A Vanished World: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain (Oxford University Press, NY, 2006), in Common Knowledge 14 (2008), p. 153.

Review of Michael Gaddis, There is No Crime for Those who have Christ: Religious Violence in the Christian Roman Empire (California, 2005), in The New Republic (December 2006).

Review of L.P. Harvey, Muslims in Spain: 1500-1614 (Chicago, 2005), in The American Historical Review 110 (2005).

Review of James Given, Inquisition and Medieval Society: Power, Discipline, and Resistance in Languedoc (Ithaca, 1997), Speculum 75 (2000), pp. 182-184.

Review of Robert I. Burns, S.J., Jews in the notarial culture. Latinate wills in Mediterranean Spain, 1250-1350 (Berkeley/Los Angeles, 1996) in Journal of Ecclesiastical History 50 (1999), pp. 572-73.

Review essay of Norman Roth, Jews, Visigoths and Muslims in Medieval Spain; and Conversos, Inquisition, and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, in Journal of the American Oriental Society 117.4 (1997), pp. 753-757.