Advisers

Julia Rubanovich

Julia Rubanovich

Head of the Department
Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Coordinator, Iranian Studies Track
Year 3 Advisor
+972-2-5883656
rubanovich.julia@mail.huji.ac.il
Humanities Building, Room 5323. Office Hours: Wednesday, 12:15-13:00 by e-mail appointment

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Born in Tallinn, Estonia, Julia Rubanovich spent her undergraduate years at the St-Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) university, where she studied Iranian philology.After immigration to Israel, she completed her undergraduate, graduate and PhD studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning her PhD degree in classical Persian literature in 2005. She was a post-doctoral Rothschild fellow (2004-2005) at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations of the University of Toronto. Julia Rubanovich started her teaching career while still an undergraduate student in 1993. Since then she has been teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Iranian cultural history, medieval and modern Persian literature and language.

Her research focuses on medieval Persian literature with an emphasis on epic poetry, including Shāhīn’s oeuvre in the Judeo-Persian language; on folk literature, notably prose dāstāns, and the problem of medieval orality; on the Alexander-Romance in the Islamic domain; and more recently on literary paratexts and the concepts of authorship in connection with the notion of literary canon.

Her recent publications include an edited volume Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of interaction across the centuries (Brill, 2015); ʻRe-Writing the Episode of Alexander and Candace in Medieval Persian Literature,ʼ in Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transnational Perspectives, ed. Markus Stock (Toronto University Press, 2015); ʻWhy So Many Stories? Untangling the Versions of Iskandar’s Birth and Upbringing,ʼ in Orality and Textuality in the Iranian World: Patterns of interaction across the centuries, ed. J. Rubanovich (Brill, 2015); ʻOrality in Medieval Persian Literature,ʼ in Medieval Oral Literature, ed. Karl Reichl (De Gruyter, 2012); ʻTracking the Shahnama Tradition in Medieval Persian Folk Prose,ʼ Shahnama Studies II, ed. Charles Melville and G.R. van den Berg (Brill, 2012).

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Michal Biran

Michal Biran

Max and Sophie Mydans Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Professor in the Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the Dept. of Asian Studies
M.A. advisor, pre-modern studies
+972-2-5883741
biranm@mail.huji.ac.il
Humanities Building, Room 6422. Office Hours: Monday, 11:15-12:15

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Michal Biran (PhD Hebrew University 2000) is a historian of Inner Asia and a member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities. Currently she is the director of the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also leads the ERC-funded project Mobility, Empire and Cross-Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia.

She has published extensively on Mongol and pre-Mongol Central Asia; the Mongol Empire; nomadism; and cross-cultural contacts between China and the Islamic world. Her books include Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia (Curzon, 1997), The Empire of the Qara Khitai in Eurasian History: Between China and the Islamic World (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2008) and Chinggis Khan (Oxford: OneWorld Publications, 2007). She has co-edited (with Reuven Amitai) Mongols, Turks and Others: Eurasian Nomads and the Sedentary World (Leiden: Brill, 2005) and Eurasian Nomads As Agents of Cultural Change (Honolulu: Hawaii University Press, 2015). Together with Hodong Kim she is now editing The Cambridge History of the Mongol Empire (2 volumes) as well as working on a book on The Cultural History of Ilkhanid Baghdad. She is also co-editing a volume on Universality and its Limits: Spatial Dimensions of Eurasian Empires (to be published by Cambridge University Press).

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Michael Shenkar

Michael Shenkar

Associate Professor in the Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
B.A. advisor (1st year)
+972-2-5883620
michael.shenkar@gmail.com
Humanities Building, Room 6425. Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30-13:30

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Associate Professor of Pre-Islamic Iranian studies. His specialization is the study of civilizations and cultures of the pre-Islamic Iranian world through their material remains and visual representations. His research interests encompass the archaeology, art, and religions of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia, including Zoroastrianism (with a particular focus on religious iconography), the culture of the Eurasian nomads, the Sogdian civilization, and the “Silk Roads”.

            Prof. Shenkar is currently director (together with Dr. Sharof Kurbanov of the Tajik Academy of Sciences) of the excavations at the Sogdian town of Sanjar-Shah (5th-9th centuries CE) in northern Tajikistan.

 

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