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David M. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, where he serves as chair of the Jewish studies department, a member of the religious studies department, and associate director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. He teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion. After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His latest book, Jewish Muslims: How Christians Imagined Islam as the Enemy, examines the ways in which Christians have used ideas about Jews to think about Muslims. His award-winning first book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law, explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions expressed in ancient and medieval laws about sharing food. 

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