The Brandeis Institutional Repository (BIR) was established in 2008 as a platform for free, open access to Brandeis community research and scholarship. 



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Legalizing Plural Marriage, Mark Goldfeder (2017)

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Gender and Justice in Family Law Disputes, Samia Bano (2017)

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Girls of Liberty, Margalit Shilo (2016)

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"A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights, and National Identity in the New Israeli State", Orit Rozin (2016) - Finalist in the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel for the AJS 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Award

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"Gender, Religion, and Family Law: Theorizing Conflicts between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions", Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Sylvia Neil eds. (December 2012)

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"Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State: Israel's Civil War", Susan Weiss and Netty Gross. (December 2012)

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"Self-Determination and Women's Rights in Muslim Societies",
Chitra Raghavan, ed.; James P. Levine, ed.; Jeremy Travis, fwd., (July 2012)

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"Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature", Ronit Irshai, Bar-Ilan University, (June 2012)

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"Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender, and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism", Janet Bennion, (May 2012)

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"Citizenship, Faith & Feminism: Jewish and Muslim Women Reclaim Their Rights", Jan Feldman, (Spring 2011)

Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law

This book series is 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:

Work that 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.
Work that engages 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