On Who Shouldn’t Read Ibn al-Nabulusi and Grammar-nerd Humor in 13th Century Egypt

“I’m not entirely sure who shouldn’t read this. It’s tempting to hope that the Pamela Gellers, Robert Spencers, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis of the world will overlook it. But actually I think it would be alright if they didn’t.”


Ibn al-Nabulusi and the Reasons to Translate ‘Bigot Lit’

“[W]hat this book shows us is that exclusionary ideas arise out of particular milieus and under particular stresses. The authors are not just inspired by the contents of the tradition, they’re aggressively shaping and pruning the tradition to suit their own needs.”