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Department secretary: Iris Nahari

Humanities Building, room 4409

Office hours:

Sunday – 11:30-14:30, Monday-Thursday – 10:00-13:00

Outside of office hours -- by appointment

Telephone: 02-5881388

Fax: 02-5881479


Mr. Tamir Karkason

Room: Mandel, 447
Sunday, 1400-1530

Tamir Karkason is a PhD student and lecturer at the Department of History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry, as well as a Rottenstreich Fellow and President's Fellow at the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2015-2018).

Karkason is currently writing a dissertation entitled: "The Ottoman-Jewish Haskalah, 1839-1908: A Transformation in Western Anatolia, the Southern Balkans and Jerusalem Jewish Communities", under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh.

His MA Thesis: "Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his Attitude to the Sephardim, 1879-1908", was written in Tel-Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Tsur and Dr. Noah Gerber (2013. Summa cum laude). He is currently working on a monograph based on his MA Thesis.

His research and teaching interests include history of the Ottoman Jewry; the connections between European and Non-European Jews; the Jewish Haskalah movement; history of Sephardim and Mizrahim in Palestine and Israel; and history of the Jewish, especially the Sephardic, book and reading culture. In his studies, he uses methodologies from the postcolonial studies, space and place studies, and translation studies.



Tamir Karkason, "Sabbateanism and the Ma'aminim in the Writings of Abraham Elmaleh", El Prezente: Studies in Sephardic Culture 10 (2016), pp. 123-142.

Yaron Ben-Naeh and Tamir Karkason, "Writings in Hebrew on Istanbul during the Last Ottoman Century and the Early Years of the Turkish Republic", in: Christoph Hertzog and Richard Wittmann (eds.), Recovering the Voices of Late Ottoman Istanbul's Multiethnic Residents through Self-Narratives (1830-1930): Sources and Research Paradigms, Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing (in press).

Tamir Karkason, "Sephardic Historiography: 'Three who preceded Ben-Yehuda' (1978) as a Test Case", Pe'amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry (in press) [Hebrew]