Sarah Frances Levin researches the Jewish communities of North Africa and the Middle East, and particularly the intertextual dialogue and debate between Jews and Muslims. She sees folklore as a unique framework for addressing issues of boundaries and difference between these groups and uses this approach in her study of 20th-century Jewish-Muslim relations.
Levin recently received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation titled “Narrative Remembrance: Close Encounters between Muslims and Jews in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.”
- “Wit, Ruse, Rivalry, and Other Keys to Coexistence: Reflections of Jewish-Muslim Relations in Berber Oral Traditions” in North African Mosaic: A Cultural Reappraisal of Ethnic and Religious Minorities, ed. N. Boudraa and J. Krause (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007)