Josef Waleed Meri | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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Dr. Josef Waleed Meri

Dr. Josef Waleed Meri (PhD)


Historian in Interfaith Relations in the Middle East
Islamic Studies
College of Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies

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  • Office locationC.01.39

Biography

Prof. Meri is a specialist in the history of interfaith relations in the Middle East in the past and present, Islamic history and civilization, and the history of religions with a focus on the Abrahamic faiths. His research interests include: Muslim-non-Muslim relations in the medieval and modern Middle East; medieval Islamic history; pilgrimage and the veneration of holy places; persons and objects in Islam, Judaism and Christianity; history and memory; and popular religion. He also has a special interest in bibliographical method having worked previously in technical services at a university library.

Prof. Meri supervises students working on interfaith relations (Judaism-Christianity-Islam), the History of Religions, and Islamic History. He is presently Subject Editor for Islamic Civilization for Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online (RMEO) [forthcoming]. 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); Book Review Editor (Medieval Islamic and Jewish Studies) of Speculum, published by the Medieval Academy of America (2007-2012); and Founding Editor of Intertwined Worlds (2010-2013), an e-platform dedicated to the academic study of Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish-Christian Relations.

 


Research Interests

  • History of Interfaith Relations in the Middle East in the Past and Present
  • Hospitality in the History of Interfaith Relations
  • Tolerance in the Middle East and West
  • History and Memory
  • Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam

Experience

Historian in Interfaith Relations in the Middle East

CIS, HBKU

2019 – Present
  • Senior Associate

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

    2019 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, History of Religions and Interfaith Relations in the Middle East

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

    2018 – Present
  • Faculty Associate

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

    2014 – 2018
  • Visiting Professor

    Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Jordan

    2014 – 2015
  • 8th Allianz Visiting Professor, Islamic Studies

    Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

    2013 – 2014
  • Visiting Fellow

    Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University

    2011 – 2014
  • Affiliated Researcher and Lecturer

    Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University

    2011 – 2013
  • Academic Director, Muslim-Jewish Relations

    Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University

    2010 – 2013
  • Fellow and Special Scholar in Residence

    Tafsir and Hadith Unit, Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman

    2004 – Present
  • Visiting Fellow, Medieval Islamic History and Civilization and Interfaith Relations

    Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

    2002 – 2004
  • Fellow, Al Falah Program

    Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California

    1999 – 2002
  • Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Near Eastern Studies, University of California

    1999 – 2002
  • Visiting Social Science Research Council Fellow

    Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas, Damascus

    1996 – 1997
  • Visiting Scholar (Summer)

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    1994
  • Visiting Scholar (Summer)

    American Research Center, Cairo

    1994

Education

D.Phil In Oriental Studies (Islamic Studies with an Emphasis on Muslim-Jewish Relations)

University of Oxford

1999
  • MA in Medieval Islamic History

    State University of New York

    1995
  • BA (Hons.) in Middle Eastern Studies and Near Eastern Studies

    University of California

    1992

Selected Publications

  • BOOKS

  • Meri, J. [In progress]. The Cave of the Patriarchs: A Very Short Introduction.

    New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Meri, J. [In progress]. A History of Interfaith Relations in the Middle East and Mediterranean (undergraduate textbook).

    Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Meri, J. [In progress]. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Islam.

    Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Al-Ghazali, A. H. (2019 – in press) Al-Qistas al-Mutaqim [The Correct Balance] (Meri, J., trans.).

    2019
  • Al-Ghazali, A. H. (2019 – in press) Al-Ma‘arif al-‘Aqliyya [Intellectual Insights] (Meri, J., trans.).

    2019
  • Al-Ghazali, A. H. (2019 – in press) Mi‘yar al ‘Ilm [Standard of Knowledge] (Meri, J., trans.).

    2019
  • Meri, J. (Ed.). (2017). Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2 vols.).

    Abingdon, Oxon. and New York: Routledge.

    2017
  • Meri, J. (Ed.). (2017). Jewish-Muslim Relations in Past and Present: A Kaleidoscopic View.

    Leiden: Brill.

    2017
  • Meri, J. (Ed.). (2016). Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations.

    Abingdon, Oxon. and New York: Routledge.

    2016
  • Meri, J. (2003). The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria.

    Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    2003
  • BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Meri, J. (2016). Historical Themes – Medieval (Middle East and North Africa).

    In Meri, J. (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations. London: Routledge. 15-33.

    2016
  • Meri, J. (2015). The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage.

    In Stroumsa, G., & Silverstein, A. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 499-517.

    2015
  • Meri, J. (2012). Reevaluating the Role of Islamic Civilization in Europe and the Middle East.

    In Islam, Knowledge, and Innovation. Washington, D.C.: British Council and the Prince Alwalid bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University. 15-16. http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/PageFiles/16695/IslamKnowledgeInnovation. pdf

    2012
  • Meri, J. (2005). Introduction. Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2 vols.).

    Abingdon, Oxon. and New York: Routledge. 1:xii-xiii. http://cw.routledge.com/ref/middleages/Islamic/introduction.html

    2005
  • Meri, J. (1999). The Etiquette of Devotion in the Islamic Cult of Saints.

    In Howard- Johnston, J., & Hayward, P. A (Eds.), The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Essays on the Contribution of Peter Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 263-86.

    1999
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Meri, J. (2015). [Review of the book Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities, by J. Lassner].

    Speculum, 90.4.

    2015
  • Meri, J. (2015). [Review of the book Sacred Space in Israel and Palestine Religion and Politics, by M. Breger, Y. Reiter, & L. Hammer].

    Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (Taylor & Francis).

    2015
  • Meri, J. (2013). [Review of the book Syrian Jewry in Transition 1840-1880, by Y. Harel].

    Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

    2013
  • Meri, J. (2012). Pilgrimage to the Prophet Ezekiel’s Shrine in Iraq: A Symbol of Muslim-Jewish Relations

    Perspectives (Woolf Institute), Spring 2012. 22-25. http://www.academia.edu/attachments/15593188/download_file

    2012
  • Meri, J. (2012). [Review of the book The Meaning of Mecca: The Politics of Pilgrimage in Early Islam, by M. E. McMillan].

    Journal of Arabian Studies, 2. (2). 235-237.

    2012
  • Meri, J. (2012). [Review of the book Bibliography of Jews in the Islamic World by M. Gallego et al.].

    Journal of Islamic Studies.

    2012
  • Meri, J. (2010). Relics of Piety and Power in Medieval Islam.

    Past and Present, Supplement 5. Oxford University Press. 97-120. http://past.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/gtq014?ijkey=yYtaRFal9BaOqcL&...

    2010
  • Meri, J. (1999). Re-appropriating Sacred Space: Medieval Jews and Muslims Seeking Elijah and al-Khadir.

    Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, 5. 237-64.

    1999
  • Meri, J. (1999). The Islamic Cult of Saints and Medieval Popular Culture.

    Al-‘Usūr al-Wustā: The Journal of Middle East Medievalists. 34-35, 44.

    1999
  • Meri, J. (1999). Aspects of Baraka (Blessings) and Ritual Devotion among Medieval Muslims and Jews [special issue].

    Medieval Encounters: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture in Confluence and Dialogue, 5.46-69.

    1999
  • OTHERS

  • Meri, J. (2019). Entries on “Saladin,” “‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi,” and “‘Ali b. Abi Bakr al-Harawi.”

    In Haleem, M. A., & Shah, M. A. (Eds.), The I.B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization. London: I.B. Tauris.

    2019
  • Meri, J. (2016). Pilgrimage. Thematic Guide for Oxford University Press.

    In Esposito, J. (Ed.), Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

    2016
  • Meri. J. (2014). Jewish-Muslim Relations.

    Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford University Press.

    2014
  • Meri, J. (2010). Ibn Battuta.

    In Oxford Bibliographies On-line. Oxford University Press.

    2010
  • Meri, J. (2009). Book Publishing in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies: Technological Academic Solutions for Scholars and Academic Publishers.

    Middle East Studies Association Bulletin. 42. http://www.academia.edu/attachments/758882/download_file

    2009
  • Meri, J. (2009). Entries on “Pilgrimage and Religious Travel in Islam,” and “Ka‘ba.”

    In Oxford Bibliographies On-line. Oxford University Press.

    2009
  • Meri, J. (2006). Memorializing the Sacred in the Islamic Civilization Context.

    Islamica Magazine. 15.

    2006
  • Meri, J. (2005). Entries on “Baraka,” “Al-Harawī, ‘Alī ibn Abī Bakr,” and “Pilgrimage.”

    Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2 vols.). Abingdon, Oxon. and New York: Routledge. 1:98.

    2005
  • Meri, J. (2000). Multilingual Computing in Middle East Studies.

    Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 34. 14-19.

    2000
  • Meri, J. (1999). The Changing Face of Medieval Near Eastern Studies: Challenges and Strategies.

    Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Winter 1999. 164-68.

    1999