Gil Anidjar

Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion, the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS)


Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, Jewish Thought


Jews and Arabs, Political Theology, Race and Religion, Christianity, Rhetorical Exertion, Continental Philosophy

Recent Courses

“Vampires,” “God,” “Freud and Derrida”



‘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)


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

“The Dignity of Weapons,” Law, Culture, and the Humanities (2015) 1-11.

“The Forgetting of Christianity,” ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies 1:1 (Autumn 2015) 27-36; part of “Exchanges with Gil Anidjar,” with responses by Ruth Mas, Ananda Abeysekara, Sîan Melvill Hawthorne.

“Yet Another Abraham” in The Oxford Handbook of Abrahamic Religions, A. Silverstein, G.G. Stroumsa, M. Blidstein, eds (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015) 22-36.

“The History of Race, the Race of History,” Jewish Quarterly Review 105: 4 (Fall 2015) 515-521.

“Christianity, Christianities, Christian,” Journal of Religious and Political Practice 1:1 (2015) 39-46.

Le cru: Derrida’s Blood,” theory@buffalo 18 (2015), “Derrida: Matters,”  8-22