Orthodox paradox. In 2005, Bartle Bull wrote about the new Iraqi constitution and Noah Feldman, an American law professor who helped to write it (subscribers can read it here). As it turns out, Feldman has personal experience of trying to combine religious tradition and modernity himself, as he reveals in this thoughtful article.
Jews of Iraq. Playwright (and former Prospect cultural editor) Samantha Ellis reviews two recent books by Marina Benjamin and Naim Kattan in the Jewish Quarterly.
Klezmer Idol. Don’t forget to vote in the Jewish Chronicle competition.