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Department of Arabic Language and Literature
The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem 9190501
Tel. +972-2-5883558



Dr. Miriam Goldstein

Miriam Goldstein
Department Chair
Room 5312. Office Hours: By appointment

Holds a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College (1999) and an MPhil, completed during the tenure of a Marshall Fellowship, from the University of Cambridge (2001). Dr. Goldstein completed her doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006. In her research Dr. Goldstein strives to illuminate Judeo-Arabic literature, especially Bible exegesis, in its larger context and in a comparative light; and she also focuses on the interchanges, both positive and polemical, between the Jewish communities of the medieval Arabic-speaking world and their neighbors of other faiths. Her current research on Judeo-Arabic literature is funded by a four-year grant from the Israel Science Foundation and focuses on the reconstruction of several Rabbanite commentaries from Genizah fragments and the preparation of critical editions with closely annotated translations and introductions, as well as the creation of a website with "working editions" of certain important Judeo-Arabic Karaite texts that have until now been available only in manuscript collections. Goldstein is also working on her next book - an edition and study of the well-known medieval polemic Toledot Yeshu in its Judeo-Arabic versions.