York University, Toronto
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

Medieval Presentations of the Oral Torah in an Islamic Key


Marc Herman is a religious studies scholar. His research explores how medieval Jews deployed Islamic legal theory when writing about the Oral Torah. He is currently writing his first monograph, Imagining Revelation: Medieval Jewish Presentations of the Oral Torah in an Islamic Key.

Herman received his PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has held post-doctoral research fellowships at Columbia University, Fordham University, the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilizations at Yale Law School, and the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies.

Selected publications

  • Edited with Jeremy P. Brown, Accounting for the Commandments in Medieval Judaism: Studies in Law, Philosophy, Pietism, and Kabbalah (Brill, forthcoming)
  • “What is the Subject of Principle 2in Maimonides’s Book of the Commandments? Towards a New Understanding of Maimonides’s Approach to Extrascriptural Law,” Association for Jewish Studies Review 44 (2020)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period. 


Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.