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Josef W. Meri

Josef (Yousef) Meri
Born (1969-12-23) December 23, 1969 (age 46)
Chicago, IL
Other names Yousef Meri; Josef W. Meri; Josef Meri; Yūsuf Waleed al-Marʿī; Josef Waleed Meri; Yousef Waleed Meri; يوسف مرعي
Citizenship American
Fields Islamic History; Middle East History; Islamic Studies; Jewish Studies
Alma mater U.C. Berkeley; Oxford University
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Known for Islamic History; Islamic Studies; Muslim-Jewish Relations

Josef (Yousef) Waleed Meri (Ar. يوسف وليد مرعي / Yūsuf Walīd al-Marʿī / Hebr. יוסף מרעי‎) is a leading specialist in medieval Islamic history and civilization, social history, the history of the Jewish communities of the Middle East and the academic study of interfaith relations. From 2013-2014 he served as eighth Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies (2013-2014) at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[1] He was a Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge,[2] and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University.[3]

He was born in Chicago in 1969 and comes from a Jerusalemite family.[1] He received a B.A. degree (Magna cum laude) from University of California, Berkeley in 1992, an M.A. degree from State University of New York Binghamton in 1995 and a D.Phil degree from Wolfson College, Oxford, Oxford University in 1999.

From 2010-2013 he served as Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge.[1] From 2005-2010 he served as Special Scholar in Residence and coordinator of the Great Tafsirs of the Qur'an project ( at the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan which is under the patronage of Abdallah II, King of Jordan. He is a lifetime fellow of the Institute. Prior to that he was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London and the University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Meri is the winner of the prestigious 2014 Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations awarded by the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College.[4] He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Center.

Most of his published articles and books deal with various aspects of Islamic history, civilization, interfaith relations and ritual practice.


Books & Edited Volumes

  • The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) (ISBN 0-19-925078-2).
  • (ed. with F. Daftary) Culture and Memory in Medieval Islam (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2003) (ISBN 1-86064-859-2).
  • (ed. and trans.) A Lonely Wayfarer's Guide to Pilgrimage: Ali ibn Abi Bakr's Kitab al-Isharat ila Ma'rifat al-Ziyarat (Princeton: Darwin Press, 2004) (ISBN 0-87850-169-X).
  • (ed.) Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (New York: Routledge, 2006) (ISBN 0-415-96690-6).
  • (ed.) Bayān al-Farq bayn al-Ṣadr wal-Qalb wal-Fuʾād wal-Lubb بيان الفرق بين الصدر والقلب والفؤاد واللب], (Amman: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, 2009).
  • (ed.) [5] Bayān al-Farq bayn al-Ṣadr wal-Qalb wal-Fuʾād wal-Lubb (بيان الفرق بين الصدر والقلب والفؤاد واللب], Second revised edition (Amman: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, 2012) (ISBN 978-9957-8533-5-8).

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  2. [2] St. Edmund's College Fellows
  3. [3] Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University
  4. [4] Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College

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