Prof. Meir Litvak

Department of Middle Eastern History; Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University

Meir Litvak is an Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History and Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. His fields of expertise are Modern Shi‘i and Iranian History and modern Islamic movements. He is the author of Shici Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The ‘Ulama’ of Najaf and Karbala’ (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and co-author of Iran: from a Persian Empire to an Islamic Republic (Open University of Israel Press, 2014, Hebrew). His book, From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2009, Hebrew edition 2015), co-authored with Esther Webman, won the Gold Prize of The Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy Book Award for 2010. In addition Prof. Litvak has edited and co-edited eight books; the most recent one, co-edited with Meir Hatina, Martyrdom and Sacrifice in Islam: Theological, Political and Social Contexts. In addition, he has published articles on modern Shi‘i and Iranian history as well as on modern Islamic movements. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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