Gil Anidjar

Gil Anidjar

Research Interest

Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion and the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS).


Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Thought

Recent Courses

“Theory and Methods,” “Reading (In Theory),” “Vampires" 



‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (Stanford UP, 2002);

The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (Stanford UP, 2003)

Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (Stanford UP, 2008)

Blood: a Critique of Christianity (Columbia UP, 2014)

Qu’appelle-t-on Destruction? Heidegger, Derrida (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2017)


Jacques Derrida, Acts of Religion (Routledge, 2002)


Marc Nichanian, The Historiographic Perversion (Columbia UP, 2009)

Peter Szendy, Prophecies of Leviathan. Reading Past Melville (Fordham UP, 2010)

Recent Essays

Dalāla, Dialogue (Maimonides, Bouteldja, and Us),” Journal of Levantine Studies 9:1 (Summer 2019) 57-70.

“On the Political History of Destruction,” Re-Orient 4:2 (2019) 144-165.

“What Was Enlightenment?” Critical Research on Religion 7:2 (2019) 173-181 (Symposium on Irfan Ahmad’s Religion as Critique).

“Muslims (Shoah, Nakba)” in The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History, Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg, eds. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018) 66-78.