The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Dr Josef W. Meri

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Biography

Yousef Meri is currently the 8th Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich (2013-2014). From June 2010-March 2013 he served as Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived in Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem and from 2005-2010 in Amman, where he oversaw a major Qur’anic exegesis project at the Jordanian Royal Court. He previously held visiting appointments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and the University of California at Berkeley.

Prof. Meri is a historian of religions and a specialist in medieval Islamic history and civilisation, the academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations and the comparative study of ritual in Islam and Judaism. Prof. Meri’s research interests include: Pilgrimage and the Veneration of Saints and Relics in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; Ritual in Islam and Judaism; Popular Religion; History of the Jews of Arab Lands. His teaching interests include: Ritual in Islam and Judaism; Pilgrimage in Islam and Judaism; Medieval Islamic History and Civilisation; Travel, Hajj and Ziyara; History of Sacred Places in the Middle East; The Jews of the Islamic World; Bibliographic Methods in the Study of the Abrahamic Religions.

Prof. Meri is currently Editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations, a major academic resource for the academic study of Muslim-Jewish Relations. He also served as Founding Editor for Intertwined Worlds (intertwinedworlds.wordpress.com), an e-platform dedicated to the academic study of Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish-Christian Relations. He previously served as Founding Advisory Board Member (Islamic Studies), Oxford Bibliographies On-line (2008-2010), General Editor of Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2002-2005), Series Editor of the Great Tafsirs of the Holy Qur'an series (Fons Vitae Publishers, USA with Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan)(2005-2010), Section Editor (Islam) of Wiley-Blackwell's Religion Compass (2005-2010) and Book Review Editor (Medieval Islamic and Jewish Studies), Speculum, published by the Medieval Academy of America (2007-2012).

He is presently working on an introductory study to Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam to be published by Edinburgh University Press.