Ambiguity and Notation: Jewish Law and Legal Pluralism


Monday, February 25, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Law and Religion Lecture Series presents

Adam B. SeligmanAdam Seligman
Professor of Religion and Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University

Adam B. Seligman is Professor of Religion at Boston University and Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs there. He has lived and taught at universities in the US, in Israel and in Hungary where he was  Fulbright Fellow. He lived close to twenty years in Israel where he was a member of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom in the early 1970’s. His many books include The Idea of Civil Society (1992), Inner-worldly Individualism (1994), The Problem of Trust (1997), Modernity’s Wager: Authority, the Self and Transcendence (2000) , with Mark Lichbach Market and Community (2000) Modest Claims, Dialogues and Essays on Tolerance and Tradition (2004), with Weller, Puet and Simon, Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity (2008) and most recently, with Weller Rethinking Pluralism: Ritual, Experience and Ambiguity (2012). His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He is director of  CEDAR – Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion ( which leads seminars every year on contested aspects of religion and the public square in different parts of the world.

Moderator: Idan Dershowitzi, Harvard Society of Fellows

Sponsors: The Committee on Study of Religion; The Center for Middle Eastern Studies; The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish & Israeli Law at Harvard Law School; The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World at Harvard Law School
Contact: Latifeh Aavani