I am a historian of the Middle East at Tel Aviv University (and past director of its Middle East center), and the Walter P. Stern Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
I was the founding president of Shalem College, a liberal arts school in Jerusalem, and first chair of its Middle East and Islamic studies program. I have been a visiting professor or fellow at Brandeis, Chicago, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the Wilson Center. I earned my undergrad and doctoral degrees from Princeton, where I wrote my thesis under the supervision of Bernard Lewis.
I am the author or editor of eight books.
- The most academic: Islam Assembled: The Advent of the Muslims Congresses
- The best known: Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America
- The most recent: The War on Error: Israel, Islam, and the Middle East
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