Description of the personal project:
My thesis, which is based on my Ph.D. dissertation, focuses on the Manṣūriyya regiment, the mamluks of sultan al-Manṣūr Qalāwūn. It traces the lives of these mamluks during the career of their master Qalāwūn (ca. 1260–1290), the period they ruled the Sultanate of Egypt and Syria de jure or de facto (1290–1310), and their aftermath, during the third reign of sultan al-Nāṣir Muḥammad b. Qalāwūn (1310–1341). Based on dozens of contemporary Arabic sources, I examine the political and military events of the turbulent Manṣūriyya period, as well as the basic military-political principles and socio-political practices that evolved during this period. I try to show that the Manṣūriyya period marks the beginning of the demilitarization, or politicization, of the Mamluk sultanate.
1998-2001: B.A. Magna Cum Laude. The Department of Arabic Language and Literature and the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2002-2005: M.A. The Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Title of M.A. Thesis: The Kitāb Futūh al-Shām of al-Qudāmī as a Case Study for the Transmission of Traditions about the Conquest of Syria. (Supervisor: Prof. Amikam Elad).
2005-2012: Ph.D. The Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Title of Ph.D. thesis: The Mansuriyya in the Mamluk Sultanate (1290-1310): Political, Social and Cultural Aspects (Supervisor: Prof. Reuven Amitai).
2010 – 2011: Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC). The Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
2012 (March) – 2014 (March): Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Project title: The Middle East between the 11th and the 15th Centuries: The Institutionalization of Islamic Religious Scholarship and Sufism and its Impact on the Jewish Leadership.
2014 (March) – 2015 (March): Research Fellow at Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg "History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)", Bonn, Germany.
2015: Post-doctoral Fellow in the project: “Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia”. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Prof. Michal Biran).
Awards and scholarships
1999-2001: The Dean’s List for Outstanding Students. Faculty of Humanities. The Hebrew University.
2001-2003: Fellowship for Outstanding M.A. Students in the Humanities. The Hebrew University.
2002: The Rector’s Prize for Excellence in a Master Studies. The Hebrew University.
2006: Award for Distinction, The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic studies.
2007-2011: The Hebrew University President’s Scholarship for Distinguished Ph.D. Students.
2008-2011: Nechemia Lev-Zion Scholarship for Excellent Ph.D. Students from Peripheral Areas, Planning and Budgeting Committee, the Council for Higher Education, Israel (VATAT).
Teaching experience and academic employment
2004-2007: Research assistant. Dept. of the History of the Jewish People. Project title: The Leadership of the Maimonidean Family in Eastern Jewish Communities (Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson).
2006-2008: Research assistant. The Friedberg Genizah Project, Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem.
2007: Instructor. Course title: Formative Events in the Early Islam, Rothberg International School, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2007: Teaching assistant. Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Course title: Introduction to Islam: Belief and Ritual (Prof. Meir Bar-Asher).
2008: Teaching assistant. Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Course title: Introduction to Islam: Belief and Ritual (Prof. Yohanan Friedmann).
2010-11: Research assistant. Princeton Genizah Project. Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
- The Rise and Fall of a Muslim Regiment: The Mansuriyya in the Early Mamluk Sultanate. Bonn: V&R UniPress, 2015.
- "The Kitāb futūḥ al-Shām of al-Qudāmī as a Case Study for the Transmission of Traditions about the Conquest of Syria”, Der Islam 84 (i, 2007), pp. 17-45.
- "Maimonides’ Conversion to Islam: New Evidence”, Pe’amim 110 (Winter 2007), pp. 5-8 (Hebrew).
- "Asad al-Yahūdī – A Court Physician in the Mamluk Period", Zion 77 (iv, 2013), pp. 471-489 (Hebrew).
- "Spectacles in the Muslim World: New Evidence from the Mid-Fourteenth Century" (in collaboration with Dr. Keren Abbou-Hershkovitz). Early Science and Medicine 18.3 (2013), pp. 291-305.
- “The Dream of Every Jewish Mother” (Jewish Court Physicians in Medieval Egypt and Syria). Segula (The Jewish History Magazine) 40 (August 2013), pp. 52-59 (Hebrew).
- “Jewish Court Physicians in the Mamluk Sultanate during the First Half of the 8th/14th Century”, Medieval Encounters 20 (2014), pp. 38-65.
- "The 'Manṣūrīyah Legacy': The Manṣūrī Amirs, their Mamluks and their Descendants during al-Nāṣir Muḥammad's Third Reign and after" - Forthcoming title. Mamluk Studies Review.
- "The Early Experience of the Mamluk in the Bahri Period of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1382)" – Forthcoming title. Proceeding of the international conference: Slavery and Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (11th-15th Centuries).
- “Sadīd al-Dimyāṭī”; “Asad al-Yahūdī”; “Ibn Ṣaghīr/Ibn Kūjik Family”; “Faraj Allāh ibn Ṣaghīr”. Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Executive editor: Norman A. Stillman. Brill Online, 2014
- Review: Richards, Donald S.: Mamluk Administrative Documents from St. Catherine's Monastery (Leuven : Peeters, 2011): Sehepunkte. An open-access review journal. http://www.sehepunkte.de/2013/04/23353.html
- Review: Shoshan, Boaz. History and Ideology in Early Islam (Jerusalem, 2012) - Jama‘a (Ben-Gurion University), 21 (2014), pp. 135-140 (Hebrew).
Conferences and lectures
2005, 1 December. Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem. The Formation of the Muslim Society in Palestine: from the 7th century to the Crusaders: "The Beginning of Muslim Historiographical Tradition".
2008, 20 May. University of Haifa. The 32 Annual Conference of Meisai (The Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel): "The Mansuriyya in the Mamluk Sultanate – Cultural Aspects".
2009, 20-21 January. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Leisure in Islamic Societies: "The Banquet in the Mamluk period".
2009, 7-9 September. Trier. Slavery and Slave Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean (11th-15th Centuries): "The Early Experience of the Mamluk in the Bahri Period of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1382)".
2012, 2 April. Bonn, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: "The Mansuriyya during Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad's third reign" (Invited seminar).
2012, 29 November. Ghent University. Workshop - Ghent University and Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg (Bonn): “The Principles of Political Solidarity during the Manṣūriyya Period in the Mamluk Sultanate (1290-1310)”.
2013, 13 May. The Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich: "The Middle East between the 11th to 15th Centuries: The Institutionalization of Islamic Religious Scholarship and Sufism and its Impact on the Jewish Leadership".
2014, 2 January. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mandel Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture Marathon: “The Position of the Jews in the Mamluk Sultanate: The Court Physicians”.
2014, 11-16 June. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Mamluk Sultanate from the Perspective of Regional and World History: Economic, Social and Cultural Development in an Era of Increasing International Interaction and Competition: “The Origins of the Sufi-Natured Bureaucracy in the Mamluk Period”.
2014, 29 October – 1 November. Organizer of an international conference: Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Middle Ages: Jews in the Ayyubid and Mamluk Periods (1171-1517). (The Annemarie Schimmel College “History and Society during the Mamluk Era, 1250-1517” at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitat Bonn). Lecture title: “The Origins of the Sufi-Bureaucratic Leadership of the Maimonidean Dynasty: The Institutionalization of Islamic Religious Scholarship and Sufism in the Middle East (11th-14th century)”.
2014, 18 -19 December. The Annemarie Schimmel College, Bonn. Mamluk Historiography Revisited: Narratological Perspectives. Lecture title: “The Topoi of Future Prediction in Mamluk Historiography”.
2015, 25-27 June. The University of Liege, Belgium. The Second Conference of the School of Mamlūk Studies. Lecture title: “Between Tension and Symbiosis: Turco-Mongolian and Arab Cultures in the First Mamluk Period (1250-1382)”.
English, Arabic: Fluent
French, German, Turkish: Working knowledge