Meet a Professor: Dr. Micha Perry of Jewish Studies

Meet Dr. Micha Perry, the Program Coordinator for the new Jewish Studies MA in the International School at the Univeristy of Haifa!

Dr. Perry: I have received my Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008. Since 2012 I am a lecturer of Medieval Jewish History at the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. My book: Tradition and Transformation: Knowledge Transmission among Medieval Jews was published in Hebrew in 2010. In this book I’ve examined the question of the unity and diversity of the Jewish world through the examination of the ways medieval Jews in Europe dealt with their tradition.

Prior to that I was a post-doc at Harvard University (2009); Yale University (2010-2011), and a Fulbright Fellow at UCLA (2008).

My main areas of research are Medieval Jewish History; Histoire des Mentalités; Sociology of Knowledge; Medieval Jewish Material Culture; Jewish-Christian relations in Medieval Europe; and the ties between Jews in the East (under Islam and Byzantium) and Jews in the West during the Middle Ages.

At the moment I’m conducting research (with Prof. Alexandra Cuffel of Ruhr Universität Bochum, in Germany) concerning Christian, Muslim and Jewish perceptions of the fate of the Jewish ten lost tribes. Another focus of my current research is on the social history of Jews and Languages during the Middle Ages with an emphasis on bilingual documents and mentalities.

From the Middle Ages, we have hundreds of such bilingual deeds from throughout Europe that were co-produced by Jews, most of them composed in Latin and Hebrew, a small fraction in Norman-French and some in vernacular German. Below you could see an example from England.

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For more information about the Jewish Studies MA program, you may see the page at the International School here or email us at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il.

Contact details:

Dr. Micha J. Perry, Phone: +972-(0)4-8249930

E-mail: mperry2@univ.haifa.ac.il

Website: https://haifa.academia.edu/MichaJPerry

Program Website: http://ipjh.haifa.ac.il/index.php?lang=en

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