Moshe Yagur

Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton Geniza Project

Moshe Yagur is a social historian of the Jewish communities of the medieval Near East within the larger Islamicate society. He explores various ways of construction, manifestation and transformation of identity—individual and communal, religious and local. His dissertation examines cases of religious conversion to and from Judaism and the demarcating of communal boundaries in Fatimid and Ayyubid Egypt and the Levant. His current research project concerns interreligious encounters at the street level, as seen in the shared or adjacent dwelling of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the cities of the medieval Islamic eastern Mediterranean. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Haifa (2017–18), the University of Michigan (2018–19), Ben Gurion University (2019–20) and Tel Aviv University (2020–21). He is currently an adjunct lecturer at Bar Ilan University.