I am writing to you with respect to the recent review by Shadia Drury of my book,Jew and Philosopher: The Return to Maimonides in theJewish Thought ofLeo Strauss (SUNY Series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion). The review appears in the Winter 1995 issue of Shofar (Vol. 13, No.2), pp. 81-85. I must say that I was surprised at your choice of a reviewer. It seems to me that you certainly could have found someone, within the entire field of Jewish Studies, who is minimally knowledgeable and qualifted to pass judgment on my book. Indeed~ I would go further: I would have thought that the editor of "An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies" would have felt compelled to ask someone who is a specialist in the field of Jewish philosophy to review a book on Jewish philosophy. But what qualiftes Shadia Drury to be a judge of what is and what is not Jewish thought? So far as I am aware, she is a political scientist with no evident knowledge of Judaism, of Jewish philosophy, of the history of theology and religion, or even of Maimonides. Shadia Drury's only qualification for reviewing my book is her well publicized
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Oct 3, 1996
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