St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Josef MeriDr Josef “Yousef” Meri is an historian of medieval Islam and Muslim-Jewish Relations who read for a BA (Hons) in Near Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies (Cultures and Languages) at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by an MA in Medieval Islamic History at Binghamton University, and a DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He was then appointed to a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley. This was followed by a visiting research fellowship at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London where he taught postgraduate seminars, and a five-year appointment as Fellow and Special Scholar in Residence at the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute at the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman, Jordan. He has published a number of books, including the Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford; Oxford University Press, 2002), Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam with F. Daftary (London: I.B. Tauris, 2003), (trans. and ed., A Lonely Wayfarer's Guide to Pilgrimage (Princeton: Darwin Press, 2004), (ed.) Medieval Islamic Civilization: an Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2005), and (ed.) Bayan and al-Farq bayn al-Sadr wal-Qalb wal-Fu'ad wal-Lubb (Amman: Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute, 2009) as well as numerous articles. Currently he is Academic Director in Muslim-Jewish Relations at the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations where he researches various aspects of the history of Muslim-Jewish Relations as well as ritual, pilgrimage, relics, the cult of saints and popular religion in Islam, Judaism and Christianity. His teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various aspects of Muslim-Jewish Relations. Personal interests include travel, international cooking and spending time with family. Dr Meri is happy to advise students in the following areas: Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim-Jewish relations and Islamic Studies. Further information at: http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/cmjr/staff/meri.php

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