The Graduate Society Foundation - Daneshvaran
The Jews of Iran in the Ninteen Century
Biography of professor
Born in Tehran,. David Yeroushalmy
completed his primary and part of his secondary education at
the Alliance Israelite school in Tehran. He Immigrated
to Israel in 1961 and upon completing his
secondary education he enrolled in the Departmen
t of Middle Eastern History at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. Completing his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies
and in Political Science, he served in the
Israeli Army as an officer.
Upon the completion of his military service he
began his graduate studies at the Department of
South Asian Studies at the University of Madison,
Wisconsin. He earned his M.A.. degree at the latter
university in 1977, and pursued his doctoral studies
at Colombia University New York, in the Department of Middle East Languages
and Cultures. He specialized in Persian and Hebrew languages and literatures.
His Ph.D dissertation, dealing with the pre-modern literature of Persian
speaking Jews, examined the literary remain of the 15th -16th century Jewish
poet known by his pen-name as Emrani.
Upon the completion of his dissertation in 1986 D. Yeroushalmy was appointed
Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel-Aviv
University, where he has been teaching Persian language and Iranian history
During the years 1987-1992 he was a full time lecturer at the Department of
Middle East Languages and Cultures at Colombia University.
Dr. Yeroushalmi’s main field research and publications the literature,
culture and history of Persian speaking Jews. In additions to various articles
dealing with the latter areas, he has taken part in various research and academic
projects and activities in the course of the last three decades. His Book entitled The
Judeo-Persian Poet Emrani and His Book of Treasure, was published by E.J.
Brill Publishers, Leiden, in 1995. another book dealing with Judeo-Persian
literature, is forthcoming in Jerusalem. Dr. Yeroushalmi’s current research
focuses on the communal and cultural history of Iranian Jewry in the course
of the nineteen-century . His book, entitled The Jews of Iran in the Nineteen
Century; Sources and investigations related to the History, Community and Culture
of Iran Jewry in the nineteen century , will be published in the near future.
Noteworthy among his more recent publications are:
“Mishnaie Tractate Abot in Judeo-Persian Literature” Irano-Judaica
IV.cd.S.Shaked and A.Netzer, Jerusalem 1999,pp.223-250
“Judeo-Persian Bible Translation” (in Hebrew), Pe´amim.
“Jews of the Ottoman Empire and Jewish Communities of Iran in the Nineteenth
Century : Background and Trends” (in Hebrew). Sefunol,
New Series Vol.8(23),2003,pp239-276
“Judeo-Persian Literature “ in Ester’s Children,
A Portrait of Iranian Jews, ed.II Sarshar, Philadelphia
2002, pp 77-93
“Jews of Iranian Extraction in Israel” (in Hebrew), Edot-Eddut
le Israel, cd.A.Mizrahi, Netanya 2001,pp 27-49
Review of Vertal Moreen’s book, in Queen Ester’s Garden: An
Anthology of Judeo-Persian Literature,
Yale University Press 2000,in the Jewish Quarterly Review ,winter 2004,
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