Professor Emeritus of History and Religion, (Ph.D. Yale University, D.H.L. Honoris Causa Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)
Professor Lassner, former Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, specializes in medieval Near Eastern History with an emphasis on urban structures, political culture and the background to Jewish-Muslim relations. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Institute (Bellagio), and the Oxford Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies (Skirball Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations) and received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies-Social Science Research Council. He has held teaching posts at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan (Schier Professor of Jewish Studies), Tel-Aviv University (Sackler Visiting Professor of Middle East History), and The George Washington University (John Smith Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies). Among his publications are numerous articles and several books, the most recent being The Middle East Remembered (2000).
Jewish Studies Courses
History 374 Historical Background of Jewish-Muslim Relations
History 392 Topics in History: The Six Days War
Religion 351 Muhammad, the Jews & the Origins of Islam
Religion 352 Biblical Themes in Muslim Tradition
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