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Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Josef Meri

Associate of the Center

Professor Meri is an Associate of the Center and winner of the 2014 Goldziher Prize for Jewish-Muslim Relations. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Jordan; and Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies in the Institute for the Near and Middle East, Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich. 

He has taught at the Institute of Isma’ili Studies, London, and at the University of Cambridge, England. He was a Special Scholar in Residence and remains a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman, Jordan, where he worked on and was an original signatory to “A Common Word,” an interfaith document of strategic importance.

At Cambridge he was a Research Fellow of St. Edmund’s College and Academic Director in Muslim-Jewish Relations at the Woolf Institute, where he organized academic conferences broaching questions of Jewish and Muslim identities and interactions. As Senior Tutor, Professor Meri ran the American University/Woolf Institute innovative e-learning course, “Bridging the Great Divide: The Jewish-Muslim Encounter.” He crosses the often impenetrable boundaries between Jew and Muslim, Israeli and Palestinian, by the exercise of good sense, scholarly commitment, and toleration for widely differing views.

Professor Meri is the 2014 recipient of the Goldziher Prize, a prize that recognizes scholars and activists whose work contributes significantly to understanding, reverence, and common moral purpose between Jews and Muslims. The award is gifted through the generosity of the William and Mary Greve Foundation and the leadership of John Kiser, a principal of the Foundation.