A Medieval Muslim Scholar at Work: Ibn Tawus and His Library(Hardback) – Edition. Jan 1, by KOHLBERG Etan -. Born in Tel-Aviv in After completing his military service he began his studies at the Hebrew University and was awarded the B.A. () and M.A. degrees. Prof. Etan Kohlberg. Election year: Division: Humanities. Academic Institution: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Academic Field: Arabic Language and.

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Prof. Etan Kohlberg | Department of Arabic Language and Literature

His research has made him one of the foremost scholars in this field, not just in Israel, but in the whole world. Etan Kohlberg was born in Tel-Aviv in After ettan his military service he began his studies at the Hebrew University and was awarded the B.

From through he was at Oxford University, where he wrote his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Samuel Stern and Richard Walzer In he began teaching at the Hebrew University, and was promoted to senior lecturer four years later. In he was made associate professor and has been a full professor since His scholarly activity focuses on medieval Islamic religious thought and literature, with particular emphasis on Shia Islam.


In numerous articles he has described etna analyzed the principles of Shiite faith and law.

He has also devoted considerable attention to Shiite literature, especially that part of it which is concerned with hadith traditions and with polemics against other Muslims. Another field to which he has made a major contribution is the study of martyrdom shahada in Islam.

Many of his writings kohblerg been translated into Persian, Turkish and Arabic. He is the author of several books, notably an extensive study of the library of the 13th-century Shiite scholar Ali Ibn Tawus, and in collaboration with Prof.

Amir-Moezzi of the Sorbonne an annotated edition of an early Shiite text dealing with the exegesis of the Koran. During a sabbatical year in the U.

In he was elected to the Israel Kohlbeerg of Sciences and Humanities, and for six years represented it at the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation. He has served on various committees, including the professional committee for the study of Arabic at the Ministry of Education, the academic committee of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University and the academic committee of the Ben-Zvi Institute.


For many years he was elected as outstanding teacher at the Faculty of Humanities.

His scholarly achievements won him the Rothschild Prize Emet Prize Laureates Prof. Middle Eastern studies Middle Eastern Studies.

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