Avigdor Levy, Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, was trained in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Brandeis University.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University where he studied Turkish and Arabic literature, Islamic and Middle Eastern history, specializing in Ottoman history. He conducted research in the Ottoman archives in Turkey, as well as in state archives in Britain, France, and Austria, and in the archive of the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Paris.
He has written, edited, and co-edited seven books. He is the author of “The Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire” (1992) and editor of “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Risks and Opportunities” (1975); “The Jews of the Ottoman Empire” (1994; reprinted 2003); and “Jews, Turks, Ottomans: A Shared History” (2002). He is also co-editor of “Middle East Record,” 1968 (1973). He has published over seventy scholarly articles, book chapters, and reviews on Ottoman history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Syrian politics, and Ottoman Jewry. He is currently completing a book on military reform and political change in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. He is also associate editor of the five-volume “Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World” (Brill; forthcoming) with responsibility for the sections on Ottoman and Turkish Jewry.
In addition to Brandeis, Professor Levy also taught at Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa, and served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He teaches courses on Ottoman history, the modern Middle East, and on Jewish communities in the world of Islam. He has trained doctoral students working on subjects related to late Ottoman history, the modern Middle East, and Middle Eastern Jewry.
Students who have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision have gone on to secure tenure-track positions in prestigious universities. Professor Levy served for almost twenty years as founding chair of the program in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.