Orot Israel College
Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship

Research Topic

Jewish-Islamic Theology and Law: Reciprocal Pathways in Judaeo-Arabic


Zvi Stampfer is the head of the Research Authority of Orot Israel College and also serves as the secretary of Mekize-Nirsamim, the literary society dedicated to the publication of medieval Hebrew texts. His research examines Jewish culture and literature in the medieval Islamic world, and the comparative study of Jewish and Islamic religious law.

Stampfer received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a Parasol Foundation research associate at Cambridge University, a Fulbright Scholar-in-residence at Bucknell University, and has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ono Academic College, and Lipshitz Teachers Training College.

Selected publications

  • with Moshe Gross, Rav Hayya Gaon's Laws Sales (Matz Institute for Jewish Law, Hebrew University, forthcoming)
  • “Genizah within the Genizah: Muslim Works Incorporated into Judeo-Arabic Manuscripts in the Cairo Genizah,” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 2-3 (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.