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Josef Meri

  • Prof. Dr.
  • Faculty Associate (Non-resident)
  • Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslism Relations, Merrimack College
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Muslim-Jewish relationsMuslim-Jewish-Christian relationscultures and religious systems of the medieval and early-modern Mediterranean and Muslim worlds (ca 1000-1500 CE)the historyhistory of ideasreligionIslamic historyIslamic StudiesIslam


Professor Josef (Yousef) Meri is a specialist in the history of interfaith relations in the Middle East in past and present, Islamic history and civilization and the history of religions. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College in recognition of his teaching and research. Professor Meri is a positive thinker who believes that we must apply knowledge of the past to the present in order to create beneficial knowledge for the future. He has travelled throughout the Middle East and Europe and has lived in Oxford, London, Cambridge, Munich, Amman, Jerusalem, Damascus and Cairo. Meri is Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, USA. Meri’s notable publications include: (ed. and contributor), The Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations (2016), Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (New York: Routledge, 2005), A Lonely Wayfarer’s Guide to Pilgrimage (Princeton: Darwin Press, 2004), Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam (with Farhad Daftary)(London: I.B. Tauris, 2003), The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). He is also the author of the forthcoming historical survey: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam to be published by Edinburgh University Press and (ed.) Muslim-Jewish Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View (Brill).

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Publications (5)

  • Bayān al-Farq bayn al-Ṣadr wal-Qalb wal-Fuʾād wal-Lubb بيان الفرق بين الصدر والقلب والفؤاد واللب

    • al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (attrib.)
  • Relics of Piety and Power in Medieval Islam

    • Meri J
  • A late medieval Syrian pilgrimage guide: Ibn al-Hcombining dot belowawrānī's al-Ishārāt ilā Amākin al-Ziyārāt (Guide to Pilgrimage Places)

    • Meri J
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  • Aspects of Baraka (blessings) and ritual devotion among medieval Muslims and Jews

    • Meri J
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  • Re-appropriating sacred space: Medieval Jews and Muslims seeking Elijah and al-Khadir

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Professional experience

Faculty Associate (Non-resident)

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslism Relations, Merrimack College

November 2014 - Present

Visiting Professor

University of Jordan

September 2014 - July 2015(10 months)

Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies 2013-2014

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

October 2013 - August 2014(10 months)

Governing Body Research Fellow

St Edmund's College, Cambridge University

May 2010 - June 2013(3 years)

Academic Director in Muslim-Jewish Relations

Woolf Institute

May 2010 - March 2013(3 years)

Visiting Professor, Fellow and Special Scholar in Residence

Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought

March 2004 - May 2010(6 years)

Visiting Research Fellow in Islamic History and Civilization and Interfaith Relations

Institute for Ismaili Studies, London

October 2002 - December 2004(2 years)

Visiting Research Fellow in Near Eastern Studies

University of California, Berkeley

March 1999 - October 2002(4 years)

Visiting Research Fellow in Near Eastern Studies

University of California, Berkeley

March 1999 - September 2001(3 years)



University of Oxford

October 1995 - January 1999(3 years)


State University of New York - Binghamton University

August 1993 - May 1995(2 years)

M.A. coursework

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

June 1992 - July 1993(a year)

B.A. (Magna cum laude)

University of California, Berkeley

August 1988 - May 1992(4 years)