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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]