Dr. Omer Michaelis
30 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS

Omer Michaelis is a Senior Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute; and a Senior Lecturer at Tel Aviv University’s department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud. Specializes in medieval Jewish thought and philosophy in the Islamicate world, Omer focuses on the dynamics of production, transmission and integration of knowledge in medieval Judaism, and its intersection with parallel processes in the Islamic culture. Over the years, his work has received support from the Mandel Scholion Research Center at the Hebrew University, Harvard Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte and the Israeli Council for Higher Education.

Dr. Omer Michaelis

Medieval Jewish Philosophy in its islamicate Contexts will focus on the emergence of systematic philosophy among Jewish authors in the Middle Ages in the Islamicate world, centring on Baghdad, al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) and Fustat (old Cairo). Beginning with Saadyah Gaon, continuing with Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Yehuda Halevi and concluding with Moses Maimoindes, this course will present and analyse the fundamental questions dealt by Jewish philosophers, the way they negotiated and implemented trends in the surrounding host culture, and the impact the had on the development of new forms of Jewish religiosity. Special attention will be given to the impact of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, mediated to the Arab speaking world, on the emergence of medieval Jewish philosophy.