Gil Anidjar “On the Christian Question”

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
  • University of Arizona

The RelSec Initiative proudly welcomed Gil Anidjar, professor of Religious Studies, South Asian and African Studies, and Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. First, Professor Anidjar delivered a public lecture in Modern Languages titled “On the Christian Question.” 

His description of the lecture: “Of all the famous or infamous questions Europe has raised for itself, the Christian question has yet to gain proper notoriety. It is as if age-old hesitations (Are Jews a nation or a religion? What does woman want?) and other enduring puzzles (the Eastern question; more recently, the Muslim question) have failed to fulfill their mirroring function. For do we know who or what has been doing the asking? Can we finally account for what the Christian wants?”

His publications include “Our Place in al-Andalus”: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters (2002), The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy (2003), Semites: Race, Religion, Literature (2008), the editor of Jacques Derrida: Acts of Religion (Routledge, 2001), and most recently Blood: A Critique of Christianity (2014).

Video of the lecture can be found here as well as on the RelSec Events page (


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