Curriculum Vitae


Fields of Interest

Selected Lectures

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Israel, 1950. Married, two daughters.


1977: B.A. (cum laude), Hebrew University of Jerusalem

(Arabic Language and Literature, Middle East Studies)

1976-1977: Elève Titulaire, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (Sciences Religieuses)

1984: Ph.D (summa cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Academic career at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Department of Arabic Language and Literature, and Department of Jewish Thought

1984: Teaching Fellow and Lecturer

1990: Senior Lecturer

1996: Associate Professor

1999 - present: Professor

2003- present: The Alice and Jack Ormut Professor of Arabic Studies

Administrative Positions

2003-2006: Vice-Rector of the Hebrew University

2008-2012: Rector of the Hebrew University.

Recent Fellowships and Visiting positions:

2000: Starr Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University; Fellow, CSWR, Harvard University

2002-2003: Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University
(research group: Sufism and Judaism)

2002 (July): Fellow, the Einstein Forum, Potsdam.

2004 (Feb.): Directeur d'Etudes associé, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.

2004 (July): Visiting Professor, CEU, Budapest.

2004 (Oct.): Maxwell Cummings Lecturer, McGill University.

2005-2006: Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University
(research group: Mu'tazila).

2006-2007: Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

2011 (Mars): Directeur d'Etudes associe, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Grants and Awards:

1997-2003: Israel National Science Foundation
(Bible exegesis in the Fircovich manuscripts collection).

2002-2008: Friedberg Genizah Project
(cataloging of philosophical, theological and polemical manuscripts in the Cairo Genizah)

2005-2008 (with Sara Sviri): Israel National Science Foundation
(The Beginnings of Mystical Philosophy in al-Andalus: Ibn Massara and his Writings).

2006-2011 (with Sari Nusseibeh and Frank Griffel)
(Virtual Library of Medieval Scholarship).

2010: Humboldt Research Award


1990 - present: Board, The Shlomo Pines Society.

1996- present: International Editorial Board, Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter.

1997- present: Board of Editors, Pe'amim.

2001-2004: Editorial Board, Tarbiz.

2001-2009: Academic Board, Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies

2004-2005: Academic Committee, Israel Arts and Science Academy.

2006-2008: Board of Directors, Sikkuy, The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel.

2006-2008: Advisory Committee, The Rothschild Foundation (Europe).

2008-Present: (with Sari Nusseibeh and Frank Griffel) Steering Committee, Intellectual Encounters Project

2009-Present: Academic Advisory Board , Topoi Excellence Cluster, Berlin.

2009- : Italian Order of Merit O.S.S.I.

2010-present: advisory panel of Intertwined Worlds: Muslim-Jewish relations

2010-2012: Academic Advisory Committee, Mandel Institute

2012:  Chair, Collections Committee,  The National Library of Israel

2012- : Member, The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

2012 - : Advisory Board, Journal of Intellectual History of the Islamicate World.
2012 - : International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

2012- : Board of Directors, The National Library of Israel

2012-2014:  Chair, The Steering Committee of the Hanadiv Humanities Initiative (HHI).

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