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Idinopulos publishes new books on Jerusalem and Durkheim

Thomas Idinopulos (comparative religions), director of the Jewish studies program, has published two new books.

Jerusalem’s Holy Places and the Peace Process was written in collaboration with Marshall Breger, professor of international law at Catholic University of America.

Breger, former labor counsel to President George H.W. Bush and special assistant to President Reagan, dealt with issues of Jerusalem affecting international law. Idinopulos wrote about the historic and religious significance of Jerusalem in the context of recent peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The authors conclude their study by urging the political division of Jerusalem to allow for the recognition of an Arab capital in a future Palestinian state.

The book-length monograph was published by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, whose publications guide congressional leaders in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy affecting the Middle East.

Reappraising Durkheim for the Study and Teaching of Religion Today comprises original essays on the French sociologist of religion, Emile Durkheim. They were written by various scholars in the United States and abroad and edited by Idinopulos and Brian Wilson, chair of the comparative religion department at Western Michigan University.

Each of the editors also makes his own contribution to the reappraisal of Durkheim’s sociology for the contemporary study and teaching of religion.

The Durkheim volume, the fourth in a series of books edited by Idinopulos that concentrate on theory and method in the study of religion, was published by E.J. Brill & Co. of Leiden, Holland, and Köln, Germany.

Idinopulos, author or editor of seven previously published books and 85 articles, has written widely on Jerusalem, Jewish affairs and religious studies theory.

Date Published: 12/13/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 19

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