Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Editor of Hamizrach Hechadash
Chair of the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University from October 2012
until October 2018.
Area of Specialization
Islamic Theology (mainly traditionalist theology), Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, didactic poetry, Quran and Hadith exegeses.
2000-2004, Ph.D, Arabic, Bar Ilan University.
1996-1999, M.A cum laude, Arabic, Bar Ilan University.
1984-1987, B.A cum laude, Arabic Language and Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
2011- The German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF 1079-111.4/2009- active funding until December 2014).
2011- The Israel Science Foundation (ISF 79/10- active funding until December 2014).
2006- The Israel Science Foundation (ISF 302/06- October 2006-October 2008).
“Insult, Fury, and Frustration: The Martyrological Narrative of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyah’s al-Kāfiyah al-Shāfiyah”, Mamlūk Studies Review XVII (2013): 155-198.
"Debating the Doctrine of Jabr (Compulsion): Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya Reads Fakhr al-Din al-Razi", in: G. Tamer and B. Krawietz (eds.), Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Law.Debating Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (Berlin: de Gruyter 2013), 61-93
“The Dhimmi’s Question on Predetermination and the Ulama’s Six Responses: The Dynamics of Composing Polemical Didactic Poems in Mamluk Cairo and Damascus”, Mamlūk Studies Review XVI (2012): 1-54
(with Caterina Bori), A Scholar in the Shadow: Essays in the Legal and Theological Thought of Ibn Qayyim al-Gawziyyah, Oriente Moderno 90, 1 (2010).
“Does God Really Laugh?- Appropriate and Inappropriate Descriptions of God in Islamic Traditionalist Theology”, in: A. Classen (ed.), Laughter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2010), 165-200.
"Human Choice, Divine Guidance and the Fitra Tradition- The Use of Hadith in Theological Treatises by Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya", in: Y. Rapoport and S. Ahmed (eds.), Ibn Taymiyya and His Times (Karachi: Oxford University Press 2010), 163-188.
Work in Progress
Defining Anthropomorphism (tashbīh): The Challenge of Islamic Traditionalism from the Eighth to the Fourteenth Centuries (a 400-page monograph; accepted to the new series “Edinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture”, Edinburgh University Press)