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The following is a partial list of current MAMES instructors:



Miri Shefer-Mossensohn

Research: early modern Ottoman Empire; Islamic medicine, health and illness; Muslim environmental history. 

Professor Shefer-Mossensohn, the Head of MAMES, is an Ottomanist. Her final goal is to unravel social and cultural realities in the Turkish and Arabic speaking worlds.

She won scholarships and grants from the Israel Science Foundation, the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London), and the German-Israel Foundation, to name just few. To date she published four books: two academic monographs (Ottoman Medicine, SUNY, 2009; Science among the Ottomans, Texas, 2015); one textbook (Ottoman Science, the Open University, 2015), and one book in Hebrew intended for the interested public (Islam: A Short Introduction, Tel Aviv and MAPA, 2006).

She loves to teach and tries to be a conscientious instructor. Based on students evaluation, she was selected in 2010 by TAU's Rector as the Excellent Lecturer on Campus. Since 2011 she has been nominated three times as member of Club 100 of the best lectures on campus (2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014).


 
Research: Modern Iranian and Shi'i history; Palestinian politics and Arab discourses

Meir Litvak (Ph.D., Harvard 1991). Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History, Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Author of Shi`i Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The `Ulama’ of  Najaf and Karbala’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998);  Co-author with Moshe Aharonov, Iran: From a Persian Empire to an Islamic Revolution (Ra'anana: Open University of Israel, 2014, in Hebrew).

His most recent book, coauthored with Esther Webman, From Empathy to Denial: Arabic Responses to the Holocaust(London: Hurst Publishers Co and New York: Columbia University Press, 2009) won the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy Book Award for  2010.

He has also edited eight books and published articles on modern Shi`i and Iranian history as well as on Islamist movements and Palestinian nationalism. 

 


Bruce Maddy-Weitzman


Research: Contemporary Middle Eastern history; inter-Arab relations; the modern Maghreb

Professor Bruce Maddy-Weitzman (Ph.D, Tel Aviv University, 1988), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center, teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, an Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, and a contributor of a monthly column, "Mideast Monitor", to The Jerusalem Report.
 
His latest book, A Century of Arab Politics: From the Arab Revolt to the Arab Spring, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016.

His book, The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States (University of Texas Press, 2011), was awarded the “L. Carl Brown Book Prize” for outstanding new book in the field of North African Studies, by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, in October 2013.

Recent Publications:
Recent Book Reviews:
  • Two Arabs, a Berber, and a Jew: Entangled Lives in Morocco," Lawrence Rozen, (University of Chicago Press, 2015), for The American Interest (April 2016).
  • "Operation Mural: An Englishman and the Mossad in Casablanca," David G, Littman,  Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs (2016).
  • "We Are Imazighen: The Development of Algerian Berber Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture," Fazia Aïtel, Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 23, No.1 (Winter 2016).
Recent Conference Papers:
  • “To Be or Not to Be? The Arab Regional Order and the Arab Spring,” at International Conference, ‘The Relevance of Regions and Area Studies in a Globalized World’, December 14-16, 2015, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • “Insecurity on the Periphery: Socio-Economic Grievances and the Amazigh Movement in Morocco,” panel on ‘Human (In)security in the Maghrib’, at the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 25, 2014.

Research: The Middle East economy and its historical development.

Paul Rivlin is an economist and senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is also a visiting professor at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He studied at Cambridge, London and Harvard Universities and is the author of six books: The Dynamics of Economic Policy Making in Egypt; The Israeli Economy; Economic Policy and Performance in the Arab World; Arab Economies in the Twenty First Century; The Israeli Economy from the Founding of the State to the Twenty-First Century and the Middle East Economy since the Arab Spring as well as monographs, papers, reports and contributions to books on economic development in the Middle East, international energy markets, defense and trade economics. He has taught courses on Middle East economics at London and Ben Gurion Universities and has been a visiting professor at Emory University.
 
Dr. Rivlin co-authors and edits Iqtisadi, the Dayan Center's monthly publication on the Middle East Economy.
 



Brandon Friedman


Research: Arab-Iranian relations; contemporary political history of the Persian/Arabian Gulf; political biography

Brandon Friedman is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is also the managing editor of the Dayan Center's journal, Bustan: The Middle East Book Review.

Brandon works on the political history of the Persian Gulf/Arabian Peninsula.  His PhD focused on the political relations between the rulers of the Persian Gulf littoral during the period of British military withdrawal from the region (1968 to 1971). Brandon also researches and writes about the nexus between strategy, nuclear proliferation, and deterrence in the Middle East.
 
Brandon delivered a public lecture entitled "Muscle Flexing, Quiet Diplomacy, and Iran's Nuclear Program," at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 27 February 2012.
http://www.fpri.org/multimedia/2012/02/muscle-flexing-quiet-diplomacy-and-irans-nuclear-program/
 
Brandon was also a participant and discussant in the 2012 Herzliya Conference, Round Table Session: "Strategy and Deterrence in the Arab and Muslim World," at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya on 1 February 2012.
 



Rachel Kantz Feder


Research: 
Modern Shi'i thought, history, and politics; Iraqi history and politics; political Islam; intellectual history

Rachel Kantz Feder, MA (Tel Aviv University), is a doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University's Graduate School of History in Middle Eastern and African Studies.
 
Rachel Kantz Feder delivered a lecture, “Shi‘is as a Factor in the Construction of Peace and State-building in post-Saddam Iraq: Stabilizing and Destabilizing Trends and Forces,” in November 2010 at an international conference, Peace Operations and State Building:  International Initiatives and Local Perceptions and Responses,convened by Sciences-Po and Tel Aviv University. Throughout 2010 she presented papers on various aspects of Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr’s intellectual and political activism in Iraq. She delivered lectures at the international conference, Where
 are
 the 
Intellectuals? Culture,
 Identity
 and
Community 
in
 the
 Modern 
Middle
 East, convened by the Center for Advanced Studies of the Arab World, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; at the international conference, The Shi‘a: Theology, Law and Culture, convened by the Center for Iranian Studies of Tel Aviv University and The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies of Hebrew University, and at the 34th annual conference of Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel.




Uriya Shavit

Research: Arab discourses on democracy; modern Islamic theology and law; the sociology of Muslim minorities in the West.

An Associate Professor at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Program for Religious Studies. Shavit is the author, most recently, of Islamism and the West (Routledge, 2014), Shari'a and Muslim Minorities (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Zionism in Arab Discourses (Manchester University Press, 2016, with Ofir Winter).




Elisheva Machlis

Research: Iraq; Shi'i reformism; modern Shi'i trends; Sunni-Shi'i relations; state and society in Iraq and Iran; new media and social networks in the Middle East

Dr. Elisheva Machlis has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MA from Tel Aviv University. She holds a two-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and is currently completing a fellowship at the Truman Center for Peace Studies at Hebrew University.
  
Dr. Machlis's publications include:




Asher Susser
 


Research:
The history and politics of Jordan and the Palestinians; religion and sate in the Middle East; Arab-Israeli issues

Prof. Susser, PhD (Tel Aviv University, 1986), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and former Director of the Center (1989-1995, 2001-2007). Prof. Susser teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University and in 2006 he received the Faculty of Humanities outstanding teacher's award.
 
Prof. Susser spent the 2009-10 academic year on Sabbatical at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University as the Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics. In August 2009 he spoke at a Crown Center Symposium on What's Up in the Middle East? where he discussed the prospects of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In October he participated in another Crown Center symposium on Middle East Politics: Present and Future where he addressed "Regional Dimensions: The Middle East in Context." In February 2010 Prof. Susser lectured on "Fault Lines—Israel, Jordan, Palestine" at an international conference on Promoting State-Building, Managing Fault Lines, held in Jerusalem jointly by the South African-based Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. He also participated in the follow up conference held at Tswalu in South Africa in May. In February he delivered a lecture on "Israel, Iran, and the Arabs: The Middle East of the 21st Century," in the Shaol Pozez Memorial Lectureship, under the auspices of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
  
Prof. Susser published a monograph on The Rise of Hamas and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World, in the Essay Series of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and reviews in scholarly journals on George Gilder's The Israel Test, Rich Cohen's Israel is Real, and on Curtis Ryan's Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy.

 
 
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