Notes on Contributors
is an associate professor of Arabic Language and Literature at Beit Berl Academic College. His research focuses on Holy Land literature (in Arabic), Sufism in the late Ottoman period, and anecdotes in classical Arabic literature. He is the author of The Prophet David as Reflected in Early Muslim Tradition (2016); Acoustic Rhythm in al-Hareri’s Maqamat (2016); A Look at the Sufi Orders in Historical Palestine (2017); and In the Inkwell of Words: Studies in Arab Literature and Culture (2017).
is a professor emeritus in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An eminent scholar in the field of pre-Islamic and classical Islamic poetry, poetics, love literature, and narratology Among his publications are La réalité et la fiction dans la poésie arabe ancienne (1989); Amour divin et amour profane dans l’Islam médiéval à travers le Dīwān de Khālid al-Kātib (1990); Six Early Arab Poets (1999, with S. Masalha [in Arabic]); Le voyage de Saʿīd ibn Muhammad al-Suwaysī au Yaman (2008, with Isaac Hasson); coeditor In the Oasis of Pens: Studies in Arab Literature and Culture in Honour of Professor Joseph Sadan (2013, with G. Anabseh and N. Masarwah).
Meir M. Bar-Asher
is Max Schloessinger Professor of Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at this university. His research interests include Qurʾanic exegesis and religious communities in Islam (especially Twelver Shiʿism and Nusayri-ʿAlawi religion), as well as historical encounters between Judaism and Islam. Among his publications are Scripture and Exegesis in Early Shiʿism (1999); The Nusayri-ʿAlawi Religion: An Enquiry into its Theology and Liturgy (2002, with A. Kofsky); Les Juifs et le Coran (2019); coeditor Le Shiʿisme Imamite: quarante ans après: Hommage à Etan Kohlberg (2009, with M.A. Amir-Moezzi and S. Hopkins); Islam: History, Religion and Culture (2017, with M. Hatina [in Hebrew]).
is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University. Areas of research: literature, mysticism, Islamic studies, and performing arts in the Middle East. His numerous publications include: Mirror of the Invisible World (1975); Taʿziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran (1979); Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran (1999, with H. Dabashi); Bir Devrimi Sahnelemek; Iran Islam Cumhuriyetinde Propaganda Sanati (1999, with H. Dabashi) (in Turkish). He is also the editor of Eternal Performance: Taʿziyeh and Other Shiʿite Rituals (2010); The Gift of Persian Culture: Its Continuity and Influence in History (2011); Crafting the Intangible: Persian Literature and Mysticism (2013); and Ideology and Power in the Middle East: Studies in Honor of George Lenczowski (2013, with R.J. Pranger).
is senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. Her research field is modern Arabic literature, and focuses on Arabic political and prison literature. She has published a number of articles on related subjects, including “Existentialism in the Works of ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Munīf,” Oriente Moderno 94 (2014) 1–31; “Fantasy as ‘Recovery, Escape and Consolation’ in the Short Stories of Isaac Bar Moshe,” Middle Eastern Studies 50/3 (2014): 426–441; “The Duality of the Victim and Torturer in Two works by Fadil al-Azzawi,” Journal of Semitic Studies LXLL/2 (2017): 447–464. She is also the author of Arabic Prison Literature: Resistance, Torture, Alienation, and Freedom (2014).
is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University. She specializes in the Ottoman Empire before 1800, with a focus on the empire’s Arab provinces, particularly Egypt and Yemen. Her publications include A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen (2012); The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: from African Slave to Power-Broker (2018); and The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516–1800 (2nd ed., 2020). She has also published four edited volumes and scores of articles on Ottoman eunuchs, Ottoman Egypt and Yemen, ethnoregional tensions in Ottoman provincial administration, and Jews under Muslim rule.
is professor in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of research focus on the history of ideas and politics in the modern Middle East. His publications include Martyrdom in Modern Islam: Piety, Power and Politics (2014); Arab Liberal Thought in the Modern Age (2020). He is also the coeditor of Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts (2017, with M. Litvak); and Muslims in a Jewish State: Religion, Politics and Society (2018, with M. al-Atawneh [in Hebrew]).
is senior lecturer of Arabic literature and the former director of the Program of Arabic language Literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His research focuses primarily on modern Arabic poetry, and his recent book entitled Between Homeland and Exile (2006). He is currently engaged in research on metapoetics in modern Arabic poetry.
is lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her Ph.D. dissertation deals with existential elements in the literary works of the late Egyptian writer Anīs Manṣūr. Her fields of research and interest include aspects in modern Arabic literature, such as the relation between East and West, expressions of existentialism, youth in Arab society, minorities, women and gender, political criticism in modern Arabic literature, and literature of Iraqi Jews.
is senior lecturer at The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel-Aviv University. He teaches medieval Arabic literature and classical adab literature, as well as literary materials that emerged and evolved among lower classes of society, such as the One Thousand and One Nights. He is the author of The Juʿaydiyya Cycle: Witty Beggars’ Stories from the Montague Manuscript—a Late Augmented Arabian Nights (2014).
is professor emeritus of Arabic Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His areas of interest include Sufi literature, modern Egyptian literature and Arabic lexicography. He is the author and director of the online edition of the Arabic-Hebrew dictionary, originally authored by David Ayalon and Pessah Shina. Among his publications are A Sufi Rule for Novices: A Translation of the Kitab Adab al-Muridin (1975); Najib Mahfuz: The Novelist-Philosopher of Cairo (1999).
Gabriel M. Rosenbaum
is a professor emeritus in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the director of the Israeli Academic Center in Cairo, and a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge (UK). His fields of research focus on the language, literature, drama and popular culture of modern Egypt, as well as modern spoken Egyptian Judeo-Arabic. He also writes fiction, and has published some literary translations into Hebrew. Among his recent publications: “Curses, Insults and Taboo Words in Egyptian Arabic in Daily Speech and in Written Literature,” Romano-Arabica 19 (2019): 153–188; and “The Distinct Vocabulary of the Judeo-Arabic Spoken by the Karaites in Egypt in the Twentieth Century,” Massorot 19–20 (2019): 183–208 (in Hebrew).
is professor emeritus in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Tel-Aviv University. His research focuses on social and material culture (furniture, drinks), medieval Arabic literature, especially prose, and Jewish-Arab relations. He is the author of Le mobilier au Proche-Orient médiéval (1976); Nouvelle source de l’époque bûyide (1980); Arabic Humoristic Literature and the Literary Genre “Anecdotes on Boring Persons” (1984, in Arabic); Yemenite Authorities and Jewish Messianism (1990, with P. Sj. van Koningsveld and Q. al-Samarrai); Et il y eut d’autres nuits (2004); al-Adab al-hāzil wa-nawādir al-thuqalāʾ (2007, in Arabic).
currently teaches at the Polis Institute of Languages and Humanities in Jerusalem and is Assistant Researcher for both the Departments of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and of Arabic Language and literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on modern Arabic literature. Recent publications include The Individual and the Authority Figure in Egyptian Prose Literature (2018); and translation from Arabic to Hebrew of two autobiographies by Meir Muallem, A Piece of Life Memoirs from Iraq (2011), and by Shmuel Moreh, Baghdād ḥabībatī: Yahūd al-ʿIrāq, dhikrayāt wa-shujūn (2020).
Norman (Noam) A. Stillman
is Schusterman/Josey Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma and an internationally recognized authority on the history and culture of the Islamic world and on Sephardi Jewry. His books include The Language and Culture of the Jews of Sefrou (1988); Sephardi Religious Responses to Modernity (1995); The Jews of Arab Lands: A History and Source Book (1998); and The Jews of Arab Lands in Modern Times (2003).
is professor of literary semiotics and Arabic literature at the University of Haifa. His research areas include semiotics, anthroposemiotics and theory of literature, comparative literature, Arabic and Palestinian literature. Among his publications are The Palestinian Novel: A Communication Study (2002); Arabic Minimalist Story: Genre, Politics and Poetics in the Self-colonial Era (2009); Brevity in Rhetoric and Holy Quran (2012, in Arabic); and Heroizability: An Anthroposemiotic Theory of Literary Characters (2015).
(d. 2020), was a professor emeritus in the Department of Middle East and African History, Tel-Aviv University. He had published numerous articles on Egyptian society in Ottoman and modern times, as well as on contemporary educational problems in the Middle East. His publications include Society and Religion in Early Ottoman Egypt (Transaction Publishers, 1982); Egyptian Society under Ottoman Rule 1517–1798 (1992); coeditor, The Mamluks in Egyptian and Syrian Politics and Society (2004, with A. Levanoni); coeditor, The Encounter of Crusaders and Muslims in Palestine as Reflected in Arsuf, Sayyiduna ʿAli and Other Coastal Sites (2007, with I. Roll and O. Tal [in Hebrew]).
is head of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at Beit-Berl College. Her research focuses on modern Arabic literature, learning and teaching Arabic language, and digital literacy. Among her publications: “Manifestations of the Arab Spring in Literature: “Video Clip Poems” on You Tube as a Model,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 6/1 (February 2016): 33–42; “The Impact of the Internet on the Language of Literary Discourse,” The Islamic Quarterly 61/4 (October 2017): 553–581; coauthor, Artistic and Literary Interactivity in Digital Literature: The Poem ‘Shajar al-Bughāz’ as an Example (2015, with ʾA. Nasrallah).