The Origins of Modern Islamist Antisemitism


Prof. Meir Litvak, Tel Aviv University, led the webinar "The Origins of Modern Islamist Antisemitism" on April 4, 2024.

Meir Litvak (PhD Harvard 1991) is Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History; Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies; and, Principal Research Fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. His fields of expertise are Modern Shi‘i and Iranian History and modern Islamic movements.

He is author of Shici Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The Ulama’ of Najaf and Karbala’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998); co-author, From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009). co-author, Iran: from a Persian Empire to an Islamic Republic (Tel Aviv: Open University of Israel Press, 2014, Hebrew); editor, Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity (New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 2009); Editor, Middle Eastern Societies and the West: Accommodation or Clash of Civilizations? (Tel Aviv: Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2007); co-editor, Religious Fanaticism (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2007, in Hebrew); editor, Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity (New York: Palgrave-McMillan); and, co-editor, The Sunna and Shi‘a in History Division and Ecumenism in Islam: (New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 2011). His most recent publication edited with Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman is Nationalism, Identity and Politics: Israel and the Middle East - Studies in Honor of Prof. Asher Susser (Tel Aviv: Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 2014, English and Hebrew). He is also co-editor with Meir Hatina for the forthcoming, Concepts of Martyrdom in Modern Islam: Social and Political Settings (London: I.B. Tauris). He has published articles on modern Shi‘i and Iranian history as well as on modern Islamic movements.

Prof. Litvak delivered the Keynote Address "Rouhani’s Iran: How Real is the Change?" at the Seventh Annual ASMEA Conference. Watch the video: