David Shulman is the author of Tamil: A Biography, among other books. He is a Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was awarded the Israel Prize for Religious Studies in 2016. He is a longtime activist in Ta’ayush, the Arab–Jewish Partnership, in the occupied Palestinian territories. (December 2023)
Heading Toward a Second Nakba
Nathan Thrall argues that the accident in which Abed Salama’s son died was a predictable, even inevitable, outcome of the Israeli occupation in its quotidian forms.
A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy
by Nathan Thrall
October 19, 2023 issue
Cosmic Oceans Squeezed into Atoms
The idiosyncratic wisdom of the Tirukkural’s poetry is about aliveness, perhaps the most elusive of human goals.
The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural
translated from the Tamil by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma
October 6, 2022 issue
Sylvain Cypel's transformation from liberal Zionist to ferocious critic of Israel.
The State of Israel vs. the Jews
by Sylvain Cypel, translated from the French by William Rodarmor
February 10, 2022 issue
The Widows’ Laments
Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata
by Karthika Naïr
September 24, 2020 issue
Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism
by Eric Huntington
Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment
an exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, April 27–August 18, 2019; and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, January 17–April 19, 2020
March 26, 2020 issue
Waiting for the Perfect Word
Journeys: A Poet’s Diary
by A.K. Ramanujan, edited by Krishna Ramanujan and Guillermo Rodríguez
The Interior Landscape: Classical Tamil Love Poems
edited and translated from the Tamil by A.K. Ramanujan
September 26, 2019 issue
The Ravishing Art of Alchi
I visited Alchi in 2004. I was left, then as now, after spending some weeks with Peter van Ham’s book, with a sense of a dizzying proliferation of vital beings mobbing my eyes. In all of South Asian art, there is nothing quite like these densely painted murals.
December 5, 2018
Bedouins Halt the Bulldozers
For the Israeli right, the Bedouin Palestinians of al-Khan al-Ahmar are one of the last obstacles to a far-reaching annexationist program. They also have the incorrigible flaw of not being Jews in a Jewish state now run on exclusionary ethno-nationalist principles.
October 26, 2018
The Last of the Tzaddiks
What is a decent human being supposed to do in the face of devastating threats to human dignity and basic human rights?
Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
by James Loeffler
The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights
by Michael Sfard, translated from the Hebrew by Maya Johnston
June 28, 2018 issue
Bulldozing the Peace Process in Israel
The most immediately consequential effect of Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem is to reinforce Israel’s belief that sheer force will subdue the Palestinians and make them go away. This is the annexationist program that now drives Israeli policy.
December 11, 2017
A Hero in His Own Words
Shimon Peres’s ‘No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel’
No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel
by Shimon Peres
December 7, 2017 issue
Israel’s Irrational Rationality
The country I came to live in fifty years ago was utterly unlike the one I live in today.
The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East
by Guy Laron
The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine
by Nathan Thrall
In Search of Modern Palestinian Nationhood
by Matti Steinberg
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation
edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict
by Gershon Shafir
June 22, 2017 issue
Tibet's Hidden Kingdom
Guge was once home to a major inner-Asian dynasty whose artists and craftsmen produced a plethora of masterpieces over some five centuries. Those that survived the Chinese Cultural Revolution give us a tantalizing sense of the lost world that imagined them into being.
February 24, 2017
Expelled from Palestine
Today, most of the Jordan Valley, undoubtedly one of the most ravishing landscapes on the planet, is under direct and exclusive Israeli military, legal, and political control; a Palestinian population of some 15,000 Bedouins who are settled in the valley is tacitly targeted for expulsion.
December 7, 2016
Israel: The Broken Silence
Israeli human rights activists are under attack
Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance
by Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby
Return: A Palestinian Memoir
by Ghada Karmi
Disturbing the Peace: The Use of Criminal Law to Limit the Actions of Human Rights Defenders in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
by the Human Rights Defenders Fund
Al pi tehom [At the Edge of the Abyss]
by Talia Sasson
The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert
by Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh
April 7, 2016 issue