The NLI holds some 30 boxes of the papers of Shlomo Dov Goitein (Burgkunstadt 1900 – Princeton 1985), one of the leading Orientalists and Medievalists of the 20th century who received his academic training in Frankfurt. The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, private diaries, travel literature and ethnographic reports. Goitein taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1971, he became a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Goitein’s scope of scholarship ranged from early Islamic history and theology, Arab-Jewish literature and Medieval Jewish history to the history and culture of Yemenite Jewry. His pioneering research on the ‘Cairo Geniza’ is reflected in the six volumes of Mediterranean Society (1967 and 1983).
Hanan Harif is a lecturer at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also been a Warburg Fellow at the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies and the Rachel Yana’it Ben-Zvi Fellow at the Yad Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. He studies the wide range of attitudes held by Jewish intellectuals, scholars, and writers toward the Orient during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the role and impact of the tendency toward the “East” in Jewish nationalism and modern Jewish identity. He is the leading researcher of the S. D. Goitein archive at the NLI.
Shlomo Dov Goitein: A German-Jewish Historian and Cairo Geniza Scholar
With Dr. Hanan Harif, Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Introduction: Matan Barzilai, Head of Archives, National Library of Israel
Sunday May 9th 27 Iyar 08:00 - 09:00
Dr. Hanan Harif, Matan Barzilai
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Everyone, Scholars, Historians
From the Shlomo Dov Goitein Archive