University of Toronto
Professor Samuel Z. Klausner and Professor Roberts G. Sands Fellowship

Research Topic

Sharifan Subjects, Rabbinic Texts: Moroccan Halakhic Writing


Yigal S. Nizri is an assistant professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His interests include modern Jewish history, maghribi halakhic traditions, and Jewish itineraries into Muslim lands.

Nizri received his PhD from New York University and holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Selected publications

  • with Orit Ouaknine-Yekutieli, “’My Heart Is in the Maghrib’: Aspects of Cultural Revival of the Moroccan Diaspora in Israel,” Hespéris Tamuda (2016)



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.