Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law

The HBI and Brandeis University Press are collaborating on a new book series under the editorship of Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Sylvia Neil.

The mandate for the series is to provide an avenue for publication of work that furthers our mission to foster dialogue about conflicts between women's claims to gender equality and practices justified in terms of religious and cultural tradition. This includes research on the rights of women in Jewish law, both in Israel and the Diaspora, and comparative work that considers women's rights under religious law from an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

The criteria for selection for the series are:

The work breaks new theoretical ground by:
  • developing new approaches to the place of gender in the political theory of multiculturalism
  • developing new theoretical tools for conceptualizing feminist projects for transforming the interpretation and justification of religious law
  • engaging in analysis of conflicts over gender and culture/religion in a particular religious tradition, cultural community or nation with a depth and complexity not seen in previous work.
The work engage with debates over gender and culture/religion from a cross-cultural perspective, by:
  • working with case studies that compare challenges and innovations in different legal, cultural or religious regimes
  • working on a single regimes or set of legal regimes, but constituting a contribution to a dialogue with other works previously published or contemplated for inclusion in the series.  This would entail, for example, works that address similar questions or take similar approaches to gender and religious law challenges in Jewish law and Muslim law published sequentially so that they “speak” to each other.

We welcome letters of inquiry regarding manuscripts that might be suitable for the Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law. Please contact the editors at