Dr. Zur Shalev, co-director

Head of the Department of General History, Faculty of Humanities, Haifa Center for Mediterranean History, University of Haifa


Zur Shalev completed his studies at Princeton University (history, 2004). After a post-doctoral stay at Oxford he joined the University of Haifa, where he teaches early modern European history. He specialize in cultural and intellectual history, with particular interest in geographical and religious thought and in Oriental scholarship. Currently he works on geographical Hebraism: an attempt to understand the reception of medieval geographical Hebrew texts in early modern Christian Europe. Another project is focused on the tradition of learned travel to the Levant in the 17th and 18th centuries. At the University of Haifa he convened the Medieval-Renaissance seminar and founded the innovative teaching program Nofei Yeda (Landscapes of Knowledge). Since 2016 he co-edits Mediterranean Historical Review (Routledge). He is co-founder and co-director of the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History. Shalev’s published research includes Sacred Words and Worlds (Leiden: Brill, 2011); Ptolemy’s Geography in the Renaissance, co-edited with Charles Burnett (London: Warburg Institute, 2011); Shalev, Zur. “Apocalyptic Travelers: The Seventeenth-Century Search for the Seven Churches of Asia.” In Scriptures, Sacred Traditions, and Strategies of Religious Subversion. Ed. Blidstein et al. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018; and “Religion and Cartography.” In Cartography in the European Enlightenment. Ed. Edney and Pedley. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.

See more at https://haifa.academia.edu/ZurShalev