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Iris Shagrir, Associate Professor

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The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies 1 University Road, P. O. Box 808, Raanana 43107
Email:irissh@openu.ac.il

Areas Of Interest
  • History of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem; The urban development of Jerusalem in the 12th century
  • Development of naming-systems in the Middle Ages and the anthroponymic systems in migration societies
  • Liturgy and its socio-cultural context in Frankish Jerusalem
  • Responses to the fall of Frankish Acre, 1291

2015-   Open University of Israel, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, associate professor

2009-   Open University of Israel, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, senior lecturer

2007- 2009 Open University of Israel, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, lecturer

The Three Rings Parable and the idea of Religious Tolerance in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era, Magnes Press, 2017 [Hebrew]

The Crusades: History and Historiography, (450 pp., Hebrew, The Open University of Israel, 2014). [A structured discussion of the historiography of the crusading movement and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, focusing on these themes: the ideological origins of the crusade; institutionalization of crusading; the military orders; the crusading movement and the enemies of Christ: Jews, Muslims and pagans; the kingdom of Jerusalem, and the crusading movement in the later middle ages].

Naming Patterns in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Oxford, Prosopographica et Genealogica , Publications of the Unit for Prosophographical Research, University of Oxford 2003)

Communicating the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Sophia Menache, ed. Iris Shagrir,  B.Z. Kedar and Michel Balard, Crusades Subsidia series (in the print)

Liturgy and Arts, co edited with Yossi Maurey, Galit Noga-Banai and Sarit Shalev-Eyni, forthcoming in Magness Press, [Hebrew]

Ut loca videant et contingant: Studies in Pilgrimage and Sacred Space, edited by Yitzhak  Hen and Iris Shagrir, Ra'anana, 2011 (in Hebrew)

In Laudem Hierosolymitani:  Studies in Crusades and Medieval Culture in Honour of Benjamin Z. Kedar, Edited by Iris Shagrir, Ronnie Ellenblum and Jonathan Riley-Smith, Ashgate Publishing, (Crusades Subsidia series: Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007). [Reviewed in:  Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies  71:3 (2008), pp. 572-573 (K. Hirschler); English Historical Review, 125 (2010), pp. 143-145 (C. Tyerman)

"Liturgy in the Holy Land: Ritual, Ideology, and Religious Life in the Crusader States", a special issue of The Journal of Medieval history 43/4  (2017), eds. Iris Shagrir and Cecilia Gaposchkin, pp. 359-366.

The Eternal Jew of Jerusalem, submitted. Under review.

"Vox Civitatis: El paisaje sonoro de Jerusalén del siglo XII", Ad Limina. Revista de investigación del Camino de Santiago y las peregrinaciones, 8 (2017), pp.61-82.

"The Persecution of the Jews in the First Crusade: Liturgy, Memory and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture", with Netta Amir, Speculum 92/2 (2017), pp. 405-428.

"Adventus in Jerusalem: the celebration of Palm Sunday in twelfth century   Jerusalem", The Journal of Medieval History 41 (2015),  pp. 1-21.

"Franks and Normans in the Mediterranean: A Comparative Examination of  Naming Patterns", Journal of Medieval Prosopography 30 (2015), pp. 59-72.

"The Fall of Acre as a Spiritual Crisis: The Letters of Ricoldo of Monte Croce", Revue Belge de  Philologie et d' Histoire, 90 (2012), pp. 1107-1121.

"Michaud, Montrond, Mazloum and the First History of the Crusades in   Arabic" (with Nitzan Amitai-Preiss)  Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 24 (3) 2012, pp. 309-312.

"The Guide of MS Beinecke 481.77 and the Intertwining of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions in 12th-Century Jerusalem", Crusades 10 (2011), pp. 1-22.

"The Pilgrim In The Holy City: A Little-known Twelfth-Century Guide to the Holy Places", Cathedra, 138 (2010), pp. 57-82. [In Hebrew]

"The Visitatio Sepulchri at the Latin Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem", Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 22:1 (2010), pp. 57-77.

"The Feast of the Resurrection at the Crusader Holy Sepulcher Church in Jerusalem ", Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel, 20 (2007), pp.31-56.

"The Naming Patterns of the Inhabitants of Frankish Acre", Crusades 4 (2005), pp. 107-16.

"Document: Love is in the Air", Zemanim: a Historical Quarterly 89 (2005), pp. 96-98.

"The Parable of the Three Rings: A Revision of Its History", The Journal of Medieval History, 23(1997), pp. 163-177

Urban Soundscape: Defining space and community in Twelfth-Century of Jerusalem, in: Communicating the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Sophia Menache, Crusades Journal Subsidia Series (in the print).

"Veneration and Celebration in the Holy Places in the Latin Kingdom", in The Cambridge History of the Crusades, volume I: Sources, Conquest and Settlement (Cambridge University Press, ed. T. Madden, J. Phillips, M. Bull, A. Jotischky (in the press)

"The 'Holy Women' in the Liturgy and Art of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Twelfth Century Jerusalem” in The Bible in Crusader Sources, ed. Elizabeth Lapina and Nicholas Morton, (Leiden, Brill, 2017), pp. 455-475.

"Thadeus of Naples on the Fall of Acre", in Acre and its Falls, 1104-1291, ed. John France, (Leiden: Brill, in the press, 2017)

"The Inscription on the Wall Painting at the Abbey of the Virgin Mary in the Valley of Jehoshapat, Jerusalem", in: Christ is Here: Archaeological Studies in Honour of Michele Piccirillo OFM, ed. L. Daniel Chrupcala, (Jerusalem, Studium Biblicum Franciscanum , 2012), pp. 245-246.

"At the End of the Journey: Riccoldo of Monte Croce's Letters from the East", in Ut loca videant et contingant: Studies in Pilgrimage and Sacred Space, edited by Y. Hen and I. Shagrir, Raanana, 2011, pp. 187-200  (in Hebrew).

"The Medieval Evolution of By-Naming: Notions from the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem", in:  In Laudem Hierosolymitani (ibid.), pp. 49-59.

Project manager and co-editor of the Röhricht’s Regesta Revised Online.

http://crusades-regesta.com/

"Bynames in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem", in Monique Bourin, Pascual Martínez Sopena (éds.), Anthroponymie et déplacements dans la Chrétienté médiévale, Collection de la Casa de Velázquez (115), Madrid, 2011, pp. 229-245.

"Charlemagne and the Crusaders", appendix, in Y. Hen, Einhard's Life of Charlemagne, Tel Aviv, The Open University, 2005.

The Beginnings of Europe, vol. 4: East and West, textbook, Tel Aviv, The Open University, 2003. (Co-author).

The Beginnings of Europe, textbook, vols1-3, Tel Aviv, The Open University, 2003. (writing team).

"Portrait of a Historian: An interview with professor B.Z. Kedar", with Iris Rachamimov, Zmanim: Historical Quarterly 132 (2015), pp. 4-17 (in Hebrew).

Co-editor of Zmanim: Historical Quarterly 118 (2012), a special issue on the Middle Ages (in Hebrew).

"The Middle Ages: a Long-term Inquiry" An Interview with professor Patrick Geary, by Iris Shagrir and Yitzhak Hen,  Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel 25 (2010), pp. 5-24 (in Hebrew).

E.D. Hunt, "Travel, Tourism and Piety in the Roman Empire: A Context for the Beginnings of Christian Pilgrimage", Echos du monde classique (Classical News) 23 (1984), pp. 391-417

א' ד' הנט, "מסעות, תיירות ואדיקות דתית באימפריה הרומית: מסגרת לראשיתה של העלייה לרגל הנוצרית", בתוך: עלייה לרגל: אסופת מאמרים, עורכים א. לימור א. ריינר, רעננה 2005, עמודים 137-122

Gerhard B. Ladner, "Homo Viator: Mediaeval Ideas on Alienation and Order", Speculum 52 (1967), pp. 233-259

גרהרד ב' לדנר, "הומו ויאטור: השקפות ימי ביניימיות על ניכור וסדר", בתוך: עלייה לרגל: אסופת מאמרים, עורכים א. לימור א. ריינר, רעננה 2005, עמודים 158-138

E. Power, "Peasant Bodo" in Medieval People (London 1924), pp. 18-38

"האיכר בודו: החיים באחוזה כפרית בתקופת קרל הגדול", בתוך: ראשיתה של אירופה: מערב אירופה בימי הביניים המוקדמים, כרך ב, תל אביב 203, עמודים 354-339

Donald M. Nicol, "Justinian and his Successors: AD 527-610", Byzantium: An introduction, ed. P. Whiting, Oxford, 1981, pp. 15-35

"יוסטיניאנוס הגדול ויורשיו 610-527", בתוך ראשיתה של אירופה, כרך ד, עורכות: איריס שגריר, דפנה אפרת, תל אביב, 2003 עמודים 44-27

Cyril Mango, " Heraclius, the Threats from the East and Iconoclasm: 610-843",  Byzantium: An introduction, ed. P. Whiting, Oxford, 1981, pp.39-60

"הרקליוס, האיומים מן המזרח והאיקונוקלזם, 843-610", בתוך ראשיתה של אירופה, כרך ד, עורכות: איריס שגריר, דפנה אפרת, תל אביב, 2003 עמודים 63-46

Keynote lecture, "The Persecution of the Jews in the First Crusade: Memory, Liturgy and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture" The Ninth Quadrennial Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 28 June 2016.

"Liturgy in the Holy City", Dartmouth College, 26-30 April.  workshop coordinator.

Pilgrimage in the Rhetoric of the Jerusalem Liturgy in the Twelfth Century", Les récits de pèlerinage à Jérusalem au Moyen Age :nouvelles sources, nouvelles lectures, Centre de recherche français à Jérusalem (CRFJ), 15 March 2016.

"Dialogue, Conversion and Text", CSOC workshop - "Readings into Islamization", Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 4.1.2016

Discussion panel moderator, international conference on Crusade Studies in Israel, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 4 June 2015.

"Jerusalem Feasts and Crusading Ideas", in Jerusalem and the Crusades: New Trends In The Study Of The Crusading Movement And The Medieval Levant, international conference at  Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, 7-11 December 2014.

"Deciphering and Mapping the Socio-Cultural Landscape of 12th Century Jerusalem: Texts, Artifacts and Digital Tools", Seminar on "Digital Palaeography: New Machines and Old Texts" Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik, 20-24 July, 2014.

"The Three Marys in the Frankish Liturgy of Jerusalem", IMC Leeds, July 2014.

"Ritual, Continuity and Change in Crusader Jerusalem", Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future: The Yad ben-Zvi International Conference on Jerusalem Inaugurating the School for Jerusalem Studies (2-5.7.2012)

The Rituals of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre: An Exploration of their Evolution in the Church's Breviary", Eighth Quadrennial Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Cáceres, Spain (25-29.6, 2012)

Commentator in "The Word and the Sword: Three Perspectives on Religion and Violence", international Symposium in Tel Aviv University, 10.6.2012

"Restructuring the Christian Character of Twelfth-Century Jerusalem", in: Cultures, Communities and Conflicts in the Medieval Mediterranean  -Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, University of Southampton (UK), 4-6 July 2011

"Women on the Verge of Sanctity: Female pilgrims in the 12th century", Ben Gurion University of the Negev, December 30, 2010

"Margarita Iherosolimitana: A Female Crusader on the Verge of Sanctity", paper accepted to the symposium “Sanctity and Literature”, Bochum University, November 12, 2010.

"Women Pilgrims and Crusaders", invited paper, the symposium of German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities / the Humboldt Foundation and the Israeli Academy of Sciences, Potsdam, 3-6 October 2010.

"Thadeus of Napoli on the Fall of Acre, 1291".  The 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, Amsterdam, August 25, 2010.

"Creating a Frankish Capital: Jerusalem in the 12th century", invited paper presented at the Groupe d'Orient latin, Centre d'Etudes Byzantines et du Proche-Orient, CNRS-Université de Paris I –Panthéon-Sorbonne, May 16, 2009.

"The Fall of Acre as a Mental Crisis: Riccoldo of Monte Croce and Thaddeus of Naples", conference of the Society for the Study of Crusades and the Latin East, 27-31.8.2008, Avignon, France.

"The perception of war and defeat in Riccoldo's letters to Heaven, 1291", Conference on Holy War in the Past and Present: The Crusader Phenomenon and the Conflict Between East and West, Jerusalem, Institute of Advance Studies, 1-6, June, 2008.

"The Study of names as a tool for historical research: interim conclusions and implications for the future", Haifa University seminar for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, May 15, 2008.

2017 Research grant, OUI Research Authority: The Three Rings Parable and the Idea of religious tolerance in the middle Ages

2015-2018 The Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "Liturgy, Art and Cultural Memory in the Middle Ages"

2014-2018 Israel Science Foundation, personal research grant "The Urban Development of Jerusalem in the 12th Century" (663/14)

2013-2014 Research grant, OUI Research Authority, "Exchanges of Medical Knowledge between Western Europe and the Realm of Islam in the Middle Ages", with Dr Jonathan Rubin, postdoctoral fellow

2013-2014 Israel Science Foundation/ The Institute of Advanced Study: Workshop grant for "Jerusalem and the Crusades" (2015/13)

2009-2013  Israel Science Foundation, personal research grant "Creating a Frankish Capital: Jerusalem in the 12th century" (2009/277)

Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK

Activities

2011-present  Board member (elected), The Israel Historical Society

2011-2013       Board member, Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims, OUI

2005-present  The Middle Ages, Now!" Annual conference series

Editorial Boards

2014-2017  Member, Scientific Editorial Board for book publications,  Yad Ben-Zvi Institute

  • 2017-2018 Methodology of History, required course in the MA program in history
  • 2007-2009  Course coordinator and instructor: Pilgrimage in Judaism Christianity and Islam (Open University)
  • 2004-2007 The Crusading Movement (Ben Gurion University)
  • 2004-2007 The Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem (Ben Gurion University)
  • 2003-2004 Medieval Monasticism (Hebrew University)
  • 2002-2004 The Crusades and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Hebrew University)
  • 2000-2007 Course coordinator and instructor: The Beginnings of Europe (Open University)
  • 2016-17 Supervision, coordination and active involvement in updating these OU courses:

     Early Christianity (10531); Between Jews and Christians (10275); Jewish Communities of the Medieval Mediterranean (10817)

  • 2014-15 Updating and rewriting of volumes 4 and 6 of the course Jerusalem through the Ages (10208)
  • 2009-15  Early Modern Europe (10674), academic advisor and course development coordinator
  • 2007- 2010 Palestine between Christianity and Islam (10676), academic advisor
  • 2005-2010 Europe in the High Middle Ages (10625), head of course development team
  • 2005 The Catholic Church (10651), Childhood in the Middle Ages (10915), academic advisor
  • 2004-2006 Pilgrimage in Judaism Christianity and Islam (10500), course development team
  • 1996-2000 The Beginnings of Europe (10436), course development team