Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten



Curriculum Vitae


1992 B.A. — Magna cum Laude, Double degree, Near Eastern Studies and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, Hebrew)

1992-1993 — M.A. Coursework, Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1995 — Islamic History (spec. Medieval Islamic History and Jews of the Islamic World), State University of New York, Binghamton

1999 D.Phil. Oriental Studies, University of Oxford 

Curriculum Vitae

June 2011 to 2013 — Academic Director in Muslim-Jewish Relations, Centre for the Study of MuslimJewish Relations (CMJR), Woolf Institute. Presently an affiliated scholar.

2011-2013 Governing Body Research Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. Supervisor, assessor, and examiner (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) for the Faculties of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Divinity, University of Cambridge.

2011 to date — Visiting Fellow, Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University.

2011-2013 — Affiliated Lecturer, Researcher and Course Convenor, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University.
• Course Convenor, responsible for the design and delivery of the Middle Eastern Studies
M.Phil. (Specialisation: Muslim-Jewish Relations).

February 2005-May 2010 — Fellow and Special Scholar in Residence, Tafsir and Hadith Unit, Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (, Amman, Jordan. Project Coordinator, Great Tafsirs of the Qur’an Project:

2004 — Appointed a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan.

November 2002-November 2004 — Visiting Fellow in Medieval Islamic History and Civilisation and Interfaith Relations, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.

March 1999-September 30, 2002 — Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

March 2000-Summer 2000 — Project associate and consultant to William M. Brinner on his study and annotated translation of Tha‘labī’s Qisas al-Anbiyā’ (Stories of the Prophets).

1997-98 — Member of Governing Body, Wolfson College, Oxford.

1996-97 — Visiting Social Science Research Council Fellow at Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas (Damascus, Syria). 

1994 (Summer) — Visiting scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the invitation of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

1994 (Summer) — Visiting scholar at the American Research Center in Egypt.

1992-1993 — Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.



2011 to Autumn 2013 — Founding Editor, Intertwined Worlds, academic peer-reviewed e-platform and journal in Muslim-Jewish published under the auspices of Wiley-Blackwell’s Religion Compass in collaboration with the Woolf Institute:

2008-2010 — Advisory Editor, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Islamic Studies (Oxford University Press, U.S.A.).

2007 to April 2012 — Book Review Editor for Islamic Studies (including Jewish History and the Medieval Islamic world), Speculum (Cambridge, ma, U.S.A.).

2006-2010 — Co-section editor for Islam, Wiley-Blackwell’s Religion Compass journal

August 2003-November 2004 — Consulting Editor, Encyclopedia Islamica (Brill).
Responsibilities included overseeing the editing of articles in the area of medieval Islamic history for the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London-based English translation of this monumental Iranian encyclopedia and consulting on font and technology issues.

2002-2005 — General Editor, Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islamic Civilization (Routledge Publishers).

May 2001-January 2005 — Lead Editor and advisory board member for the Middle East Medievalists electronic discussion list - H-MIDEAST-MEDIEVAL. From January 2005 – 2012 Advisory Board Member: