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Current Academic Positions
Co-convener, Medieval and Renaissance studies seminar

Research Areas & Other Interests

Early Modern European History
History of Geographical Thought
Europe and the Levant

For further details please look at Dr. Zur Shalev Site

  • Personal Information
    Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2004
  • Courses
  • Publications
    a) Refereed
    "Islam, Eastern Christianity, and Superstition According to Some Early Modern English Observers," in Knowledge and Religion in Early Modern Europe: Studies in Honor of Michael Heyd, edited by Tamar Herzig, Yaacov Deutsch and Asaph Ben-Tov (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 135-52.
          Read it here.
    “The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela in the Sixteenth Century,” Zmanim 117 (2012): 98-103 [Hebrew].
    [המסע של מסעות בנימין מטודלה במאה השש-עשרה]
    Read it here.
    Sacred Words and Worlds: Geography, Religion, and Scholarship, 1550-1700, Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
    Hebraic Aspects of the Renaissance : Sources and Encounters, co-edited with Ilana Zinguer and Abraham Melamed, Brill's Series in Jewish Studies (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011).
    Ptolemy’s Geography in the Renaissance, co-edited with Charles Burnett (London; Turin: Warburg Institute; Nino Aragno, 2011).
    “Main Themes in the Study of Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance,” in Ptolemy’s Geography in the Renaissance, pp. 1-14.
    “Christian Pilgrimage and Ritual Measurement in Jerusalem,” La misura, Micrologus, 19 (2011): 131-150.
    An earlier version appeared as Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Preprint 384, 2009.   Read it here.
    “Benjamin of Tudela, Spanish Explorer,” Mediterranean Historical Review 25, no. 1 (2010): 17-33.
    “Harmony and Reason of State: Intersections of Cosmography and Political Theory in the Early Modem Period,” Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, 59, no. 163 (2009): 591-603.
                Read it here.
     “The Travel Notebooks of John Greaves,” in The Republic of Letters and the Levant, Intersections 5-2005, edited by A. Hamilton, M.van den Boogert, B. Westerweel (Leiden: Brill, 2005), pp. 77-102.
             See book flyer
    “Sacred Geography, Antiquarianism, and Visual Erudition: Benito Arias Montano and the Maps of the Antwerp Polyglot Bible,” Imago Mundi 55 (2003), 56-80.
    Read it here.
    “Measurer of All Things: John Greaves (1602-1652), the Great Pyramid, and Early Modern Metrology,” Journal of the History of Ideas 63, no. 4 (2002): 555-575.
    b) Other pieces
    Co-editor with R. Shir and M. Shalev: Isaac Shalev, Song of Time Passing, Tel Aviv: Am-Oved, 2009 [Hebrew].
    יצחק שלו, השיר אל הזמן העובר, עם עובד, 2009
    Introduction to Adrian Reland's Palaestina ex monumentis veteribus illustrata (1714) University of Haifa rare books digital library. (Hebrew and English).
    Introduction to Giambattista di Sant'Alessio's Compendium historicum de statu antique et moderno sancti montis carmeli (1772), University of Haifa rare books digital library. (Hebrew and English).
    “Masada,” an entry for The Classical Tradition, ed. Anthony Grafton et al., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010, pp. 568-9.
    “Ptolemy’s Geography” and “Samuel Bochart,” illustrated entries for The Map Book, ed. Peter Barber, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
    “Mapping the Holy Land, Mapping Sacred Scholarship,” Religious Studies News: Society of Biblical Literature Edition vol. 3, no. 10 (2002).
    Read it here (or here).
    “Straight Lines in the Desert,” Mapline 91 (2000), p. 7, Chicago: The Newberry Library [exhibition caption].
    Read it here
    Rituals in Jerusalem, with photographs by I. Grinberg, 252pp., Or Yehuda: Hed-Artzi, 1999 [Hebrew].
    c) Reviews
    Maps, Myths, and Men: The Story of the Vínland Map, by Kirsten A. Seaver (Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2004) The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37, no. 3 (2006): 455-457.
    Read it here.
    The Marvel of Maps: Art, Cartography, and Politics in Renaissance Italy, by Francesca Fiorani (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), Zmanim 100 (2007): 178-181 [Hebrew].
    Read it here.
    Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim between Worlds, by Natalie Zemon Davis (New York: Hill and Wang, 2006, Renaissance Quarterly 60, no. 1 (2007): 157-158.
    Read it here.
    Mehmed II the Conqueror and the Fall of the Franco-Byzantine Levant to the Ottoman Turks: Some Western Views and Testimonies. Edited, translated, and annotated by Marios Philippides. (Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007), Renaissance Quarterly. 62, no. 3 (2009): 968-970.
    Read it here.
    The Cosmographia of Sebastian Münster. Describing the world in the Reformation, by Matthew McLean (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007) The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 60, no. 3 (2009): 601-602.
    Read it here.
    Holy Land in Maps, ed. A. Tishby, Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 2001, Ha’aretz Books Supplement, 2 April 2003 [Hebrew].
    Read it here.
    The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age, by Robert Alter, [1989], 1996, Ha’aretz Books Supplement, 24 July 2002 [Hebrew].
    Read it here.
    Peiresc’s Europe, by Peter Miller, Yale University Press, 2000, Ha’aretz Books Supplement, 27 Feb. 2002 [Hebrew].
    Read it here.
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