Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology
Professor Friedland received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1976. A political sociologist by training, he began fieldwork in 1983-1984 as a Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the ways in which struggles over the relationship between Judaism and Zionism played themselves out in struggles over the organization and meaning of space and time in that city. This eventuated in a series of coauthored works. His publications include To Rule Jerusalem (University of California Press, 2000) and "The Bodies of Nations: A Comparative Study of Religious Violence in Jerusalem and Ayodhya," History of Religions (1998). Friedland is currently writing a book, The Sex of State, which considers the preoccupation of politicized religious movements, including those in Israel and Palestine, with issues of sexuality.