- Professional Education
- Fields of Research
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- List of Publications
|1993||Ph.D Middle Eastern Studies and History; Harvard University|
|1986||M.A (magna cumlaude); Middle Eastern History and General History; Tel-Aviv University
|1982||B.A (cumlaude); Middle Eastern History; Tel-Aviv University|
- Medieval Islamic associations and institutions
- History of the transmission of Islamic learning
- Religious scholars in medieval Muslim societies
- Sainthood, mystical movements, and ascetic collectivities in medieval Islam
- The public sphere in medieval Islam
- Medieval Baghdad
- Medieval Palestine
|2011-2014||The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), "In the footsteps of the Prophet: spiritual leadership in a medieval Islamic setting."|
List of Publications
Thesis and Dissertation
- PhD Dissertation: The ‘ulama‘ of 11th-century Baghdad and the transmission of Islamic learning. Supervised by Prof. Roy P. Mottahedeh and Prof. Nehemia Levtzion. Harvard University, 1993.
- MA Thesis: Ottoman Egypt in the 18th century: as viewed by a contemporary Egyptian historian. Supervised by Prof. Ehud R. Toledano, Tel Aviv University, 1986.
- Spiritual Wayfarers, Leaders in Piety: Sufis and the Dissemination of Islam in Medieval Palestine. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (HCMES: Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies), 2008.
- A Learned Society in a Period of Transition: The Sunni ‘Ulama‘ of Eleventh-Century Baghdad. Albany N.Y: State University of New York Press (series: Medieval Middle East History), 2000.
Introduction to the History of Islam, co-authored with Nehemia Levtzion and Daniella Talmon-Heller, Open University series, 2000-2008 (in Hebrew).
Religious Knowledge, Authority, and Charisma: Islamic and Jewish Perspectives, Daphna Ephrat and Meir Hatina eds., and Introduction, Utah University Press, 2014.
Chapters in Refereed Books
- "The Shaykh, the Followers, and the Public Sphere: the case study of the Khalwati Brotherhood in Israel" (in Hebrew), forthcoming in a volume on Islam in Israel/Hakibutz ha-Meuhad, Meir Hatina and Muhammad al-Atawneh (eds.).
- "Spiritual Heirs of the Prophet," in Daphna Ephrat and Meir Hatina (eds.), Religious Knowledge, Authority and Charisma: Islamic and Jewish Perspectives, chapter 5.
- "The Seljuks and the Public Sphere in the Period of Sunni Revivalism: The View from Baghdad," in Christian Lang and Songul Mecit (eds.), The Seljuks: politics, power and culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011), 139-157.
- "Sufism and Sanctity: The Genesis of the walī Allāh in Mamluk Jerusalem and Hebron," in David Wasserstein and Ami Ayalon (eds.), Mamluk and Ottoman Studies in Honor of Michael Winter (Frank Cass, 2006), 4-18.
- "Madhhab and Madrasa in Fifth/Eleventh-Century Baghdad," in Frank E. Vogel, Rudolph Peters and Peri Bearman (eds.), The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution, and Progress (Harvard University Press: Harvard Series in Islamic Law, 2005), 77-93.
- "The Growth of the Geonic Yeshiva and the Islamic Madrasa," in Y. Elman and I. Gershoni (eds.), Transmitting Jewish Traditions: Orality, Textuality and Cultural Diffusion (Yale University Press Studies in Jewish Culture and Society, 2000), 107-137. Co-author with Y. Elman.
- "The Advent of the Madrasa: A Real Turning-Point in the History of Islamic Education?" in Rivka Feldhay and Immanuel Etkes (eds.), Education and History (Jerusalem: the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History), 101-13 (in Hebrew).
Articles in Refereed Journals
- "The Shaykh and the Holy Space: The Creation of a New Sacred Topography in Medieval Damascus and Aleppo," forthcoming in Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel (in Hebrew).
- "The Creation of Sufi Spheres in Medieval Damascus (mid-12th to mid-14th centuries)”, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Cambridge University Press) (October 2014), 1-20. Co-authored with Hatim Mahamid.
- "Control of the Path: The Marginalization and Exclusion of Undesirable Elements in the Earlier Middle Period," al-Qantara, XXXV (Jan. 2014), 255-276.
- "The Shaykh, the Physical Setting, and the Holy Site: the diffusion of the Qadiri path in late medieval Palestine," Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Cambridge University Press), 19: 1 (Jan. 2009), 1-20.
- From Wayfaring Elites to Local Associations: Sufis in Medieval Palestine," al-Qantara, 27 (Jan. 2006), 77-104.
- The Dissemination of Sufism and the Print of Islam in Medieval Palestine," Zemanim, 92 (2005), 8-16 (in Hebrew).
- "Muslim Reactions to the Frankish Presence in Bilād al-Shām: Intensifying Religious Fidelity within the Masses," Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 15: 1 (March 2003), 47-59. Co-author with Mustafa D. Kabha.
- "Intensified Religious Fidelity and Higher Barriers: Muslims and Franks in ash-Sham," Cathedra 92 (1999), 49-64. Co-author with Mustafa D. Kabha (in Hebrew).
- "In Quest of an Ideal Type of Saint: Some Observations on the First generation of Awliyā Allāh in Kitāb al-Tashawwuf," Studia Islamica 94 (2002), 67-85.
- "Learning in the First Century of the Madrasah in Baghdad: A Reconsideration of the Social Significance of Institutionalization," Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review 3: 1-2 (1996), 77-103.
Review of: Mojaddedi, Jawid, A. The Biographical Tradition in Sufism. London, 2001, in Jama´a. The Department of Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Press, 12 (2004), 275-81 (in Hebrew).
Review of: Stephennie Mulder, The Shrines of the 'Alids in Medieval Syria," Edinburgh 2014. In Der Islam (forthcoming)
Articles in Edited Encyclopedias
- Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia .J. Meri (ed.) Routledge, 2006:
"Ibn al-Jawzi" (750 words)
"Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi" (550 words)
- The Encyclopedia of Islam, EI3 (3rd edition). Leiden, 2009-:
"Adud Din Muhammad b. ‘Abdallah" (150 words)
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History. Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History.
"Al-Kalwadhani" (480 words);
"The Legal Profession" (1240 words).