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Professorin für die Religion des Judentums in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Projektleiterin JewsEast & Projektleiterin GIF-Projekt The Ten Lost Tribes

Alexandra Cuffel is Professor of Jewish Religion in Past and Present Times at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum. Until 2012 she has been Adjunct Professor of History at the College of New Jersey and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, NYC. From 2004 to 2008 she was Assistant Professor of pre-modern World History at Macalester College. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor of Medieval History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received several fellowships, among them a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in 2007, the Women’s Studies in Religion Fellowship from Harvard Divinity School in 2006, and a fellowship from the Dorot Foundation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1996.

Her research focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims during the Middle Ages, specifically on the intersections of religious polemic, medical theories and gender both in Western Europe and the Middle East. Further research interests are shared saints’ cults and festivals in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean and "racial" attitudes in the Middle Ages. She is currently working on a monograph on shared saints and festivals among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean, and, in conjunction with Prof. Dr. Adam Knobler a study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim imaginings about the ten lost tribes in conjunction with the development of expectations of the Messiah and an anti-Messiah from the early Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.

Education

  • Ph.D., Medieval History, New York University, New York City, New York, USA, 2002
  • M.Phil., Medieval History, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1990
  • B.A., Medieval Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 1988

KHK Fellowship

Duration: May 2011 - April 2012

Sprechstunden

Nach Vereinbahrung

Forschungsgebiete

Beziehungen zwischen Juden, Christen und Muslimen im Mittelalter

2015

Cuffel, Alexandra. 2015. Judaistik / Jewish studies. Handbuch der Mediterranistik : systematische Mittelmeerforschung und disziplinäre Zugänge. Mittelmeerstudien. Paderborn: Schöningh.

2014

Krech, Volkhard, Hrsg. 2014. Entangled religions : interdisciplinary journal for the study of religious contact and transfer. Bochum: Ruhr-Univ. http://er.ceres.rub.de/.

2013

Cuffel, Alexandra. 2013. Environmental disasters and political dominance in shared festivals and intercessions among medieval muslims, christians and jews. In: Muslims and others in sacred space, 108–145. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

2011

Cuffel, Alexandra. 2011. Ibn Sahula’s Meshal ha-Qadmoni as restorative polemic. Journal of medieval Iberian studies 3, Nr. 2: 165–186. doi:10.1080/17546559.2011.610175, .

Publikationen in der Hochschulbibliographie

Projektleitung von JewsEast und The Ten Lost Tribes. A Cross-Cultural Approach

Professor/in von CERES , CERES Lehre und CERES-Direktorium

Einzelforscher/in von Jewish Warriors in Distant Lands

Ehem. KHK Gastwissenschaftler/in von KHK

Mitglied des Research Departments von CERES RD

Mitglied von Studienbeirat

Kollegiat/in von KHK