Jacob Lassner

Professor Emeritus of History and Religion
Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization
E-mail: j-lassner@northwestern.edu

Jacob Lassner (PhD Yale, 1963), Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish civilization, specializes in medieval Near Eastern History with an emphasis on urban structures, political culture and the background to Jewish-Muslim relations. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Institute (Bellagio), and the Oxford Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies. He is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies-Social Science Research Council. Among his publications are seven books, the most recent being Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces: Memory and Communal Conflict in the Medieval Near East.

Selected Works


The Middle East Remembered: Forged Identities, Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces

Demonizing the Queen of Sheba: Boundaries of Gender and Culture in Postbiblical Judaism and Medieval Islam

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