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Job Ad: History of Jews under Islam in the Middle Ages, Hebrew University

Hebrew University is searching for a tenure track position at any level in Jewish history, either of modern eastern Europe or Jews under Islam in the middle ages:

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry

Tenure track position, any level, in either Early Modern Eastern European Jewish History or Medieval Jewish History in the Islamic World


Institution Type: College / University
Location: Israel
Position: Tenure Track Faculty


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem announces a call for applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position (open rank) in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry. Candidates are welcome to apply whose teaching and research fall primarily within either one of the following fields: a) history of the Jews in Eastern Europe in the early modern era, 16th to 19thcentury; b) history of the Jews under Islam in the Middle Ages (from the rise of Islam to the 15thcentury). The position is open to holders of a Ph.D. degree or those who will have obtained their Ph.D. no later than 1 July 2019.

The selected candidate will be expected to teach both required and elective courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including those in his/her specified field of expertise (Early Modern or Middle Ages), and will in addition be expected to carry on independent and original research at the highest academic level, to demonstrate academic leadership, to supervise advanced students and to compete for research grants from external grant foundations. The selected candidate will be expected, in addition, to carry on cooperative scholarly discourse and endeavors across disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities, as well as with colleagues from the University as a whole. In the event that a candidate demonstrates interdisciplinary expertise and teaching experience, the possibility of a joint inter-departmental appointment may be explored.

In Early Modern East-European Jewish History, candidates should be prepared to teach as well as supervise advanced graduate students in research topics pertinent to the field, including any or all of the following: relations between Jews and non-Jews, history of Halakha, history of the Haskala, history of Hasidism, history of Orthodoxy in its various streams. Candidates are similarly expected to have a thorough grounding in European and particularly regional history, including a working knowledge of relevant languages.

For candidates in the field of Jewish history under Islamic rule in the medieval period, potential areas of expertise include the processes affecting the Jews from the rise of Islam in the 7thcentury CE until the start of the Ottoman period in the 15th century CE, their legal status, interactions with their non-Jewish surroundings, social and cultural activities, and intellectual and cultural trends such as kalam, Egyptian pietism, and Karaism. A familiarity with parallel processes that took place globally, especially within the Muslim world, is also required, as is knowledge of Arabic and Judeo-Arabic. Candidates should be prepared to supervise advanced graduate students in research topics pertinent to the field.

The Hebrew University’s main language of instruction is Hebrew. Nonetheless, the possibility of teaching one or more graduate courses in English may be entertained. Candidates whose Hebrew proficiency is such that they would not be comfortable teaching in Hebrew will be encouraged to master the Hebrew language sufficiently during the initial years following their appointment.

Qualified candidates will be invited for a campus visit, which will include a job talk, an interview and meetings with department members.

Applications are to be submitted no later than 13 September 2018, to the following site:


For additional details, please contact the department chair, Prof. Eli Lederhendler, at:


Contact: Prof. Eli Lederhendler, at:
Primary Category: Jewish History / Studies
Secondary Categories: Early Modern History and Period Studies
Posting Date: 08/22/2018
Closing Date 09/13/2018

New Book: Elliott, Scots & Catalans

J.H. Elliot, Scots and Catalans: Union and Disunion (Yale, 2018).

New Resource: Iberian Books Project Now Online

University College Dublin’s Iberian Books Project is now up to 1700 and is online.

New Fellowship: Thoma Fellowship in Spanish Colonial Art



The Marilynn Thoma Fellowship is the only unrestricted research funding in the United States devoted exclusively to the field of Spanish Colonial art. Each year from May 1 to October 15, pre- and post-doctoral scholars from across the world are invited to apply for research support in the amounts of $45,000 and $60,000, respectively. Recipients are selected by an international jury of three undisclosed experts in the field and notified in mid-December, with travel commencing within 18 months following notification. Selected scholars design their research projects independently, using funding in any reasonable way to accomplish their goals.

Fellowships range in duration from one to two years, and eventuate in major measurable outcomes, including museum exhibitions, dissertations, book publications, scholarly essays, and lecture series. While proposals are accepted from all of Spanish colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation gives strong preference to projects that contribute to the history of painting and sculpture in colonial South America.

The PDF at left provides further information about the Fellowship.

To apply, please complete the application via Slideroom.



Congruent with the Marilynn Thoma Fellowship, applications for the Thoma Foundation Research and Travel Awards in Spanish Colonial art are open from May 1 to October 15 of every year. Awards of up to $15,000 are available to scholars, curators and advanced graduate students completing an MA or PhD dissertation to help defray the costs of research-related expenses. Funding is provided each year to several scholars selected by an international jury of undisclosed experts in the field, with travel commencing within one year + one month from the date of notification. The Awards support research projects ranging in duration from 1 week to 3 months.

The PDF at left provides further information about the Awards.

To apply, please complete the application via Slideroom.


Please contact if you have questions.

Rodríguez Mediano Reviews Pereda in RdL, Aug 18, 2018

Revista de Libros, Aug 28, 2018:

Fernando Rodríguez Mediano reviews Felipe Pereda, Crimen e ilusión. El arte de la verdad en el Siglo de Oro (Marcial Pons, 2017).

Hancock-Parmer, “The Spanish ‘Shulamite Brides'” in BSS 95/1 (2018)

Bulletin for Spanish Studies 95/1 (2018):

Teresa Hancock-Parmer, “The Spanish ‘Shulamite Brides’: The Song of Songs in Teresa of Ávila, Mariana de San Joseph and María de Jesús de Ágreda.”

Orlandi, “Dolls as Ambassadors in 16th Century Spain” & a Review in JEMH 22/4 (2018)

The Journal of Early Modern History 22/4 (2018):

Angela Orlandi, “Playing with Luxury: Dolls as Ambassadors for the Florentine Business Community in Sixteenth-Century Spain?”

James B. Tueller reviews Patrick J. O’Banion, ed., This Happened in My Presence: Moriscos, Old Christians, and the Inquisition in the Town of Deza, 1569-1611.

New KE&PU Podcast: Adrian Masters, “Petition & Response: Spanish America & the Council of the Indies”

Adrian Masters, “Petition and Response: Spanish America and the Council of the Indies in the 16th Century,” on Kingdom, Empire, and Plus Ultra with Edward Collins.

New Book: Pereda, “Crimen e ilusión”

Felipe Pereda, Crimen e ilusión: El arte de la verdad en el Siglo de Oro (Marcial Pons, 2017).

Jones & Schultz in Hispanic Review, Summer 2018

Hispanic Review 86/3 (2018):

Nicholas R. Jones, “Sor Juana’s Black Atlantic: Colonial Blackness and the Poetic Subversions of Habla de negros.”

Kirsten Schultz, “News of the Conquests: Narrating the Eighteenth-century Portuguese Empire.”