New York University


Benjamin Hary is the director of NYU Tel Aviv and visiting professor of Judaic and Hebrew studies at New York University. His research interests include Judeo-Arabic language and linguistics, Jews in the Islamic world, and sociolinguistics, dialectology, and language variation, especially in Israel.

Hary earned his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held fellowships at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • Sacred Texts in Judeo-Arabic: The Tradition of Šarḥ in Egyptian Judeo-Arabic, with Critical Editions and Translations of the Book of Genesis, the Book of Esther, and the Passover Haggadah (Brill, forthcoming)
  • Multiglossia in Judeo-Arabic: With an Edition, Translation, and Grammatical Study of the Cairene Purim Scroll (Brill, 1992)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.