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)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.