I research and interpret the history and politics of the Middle East, contemporary Islam, and modern Israel.
I was the founding president of Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college, where I continue to teach the modern history of the Middle East. I am also the Walter P. Stern fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
I earned my undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, where I prepared my thesis under the supervision of Bernard Lewis. I then spent twenty-five years at Tel Aviv University, where I directed the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. I have taught as a visiting professor at Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, Cornell University, Georgetown University, and The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). I have also served as a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies.
This site also includes a large sample of my published work. My authored and edited books include Islam Assembled; Shi’ism, Resistance and Revolution; Middle Eastern Lives; Arab Awakening and Islamic Revival; The Islamism Debate; The Jewish Discovery of Islam; Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America, and The War on Error: Israel, Islam, and the Middle East