Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 210
Departments/ProgramsHistory of Ideas
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesJewish Theological Seminary, Ph.D.
Jewish Theological Seminary, M.Phil.
ExpertiseJews of the Islamic World, Medieval Hebrew Literature, Medieval Jewish Studies, Sephardic Studies, Medieval Jewish Thought
ProfileJonathan Decter is Associate Professor and Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies. His research interest include Jews in the Islamic World, Judeo-Arabic Studies, Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Literature, and Jewish Thought. He is also Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.
|FYS||53a||Between Conflict and Cooperation: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain|
|NEJS||3a||Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam|
|NEJS||123b||Classical Biblical Commentaries|
|NEJS||124a||Arabic Literature, Hebrew Literature (500-1500)|
|NEJS||140a||Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages|
|NEJS||144a||Jews in the World of Islam|
|NEJS||149a||The Jews of Muslim and Christian Spain|
|NEJS||155a||Maimonides: A Jewish Thinker in the Islamic World|
Awards and Honors
Salo W. Baron Prize for outstanding first book in Jewish Studies (2008)
Center for Advanced Jewish Studies Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania) (2005 - 2007)
Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publication Award (2005)
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Mediterranean Regionalism in Hebrew Panegyric Poetry." Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews. Ed. Talia Fishman and Ephraim Kanarfogel. London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2016 (forthcoming)
Decter, Jonathan P.. Dominion Built of Praise: Panegyric and Legitimacy among Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. (forthcoming)
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Hebrew Literature of the Christian Mediterranean." Cambridge History of Judaism. vol. 6: The Middle Ages Ed. Robert Chazan and Marina Rustow. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012 (forthcoming)
Decter, Jonathan P. and Esperanza Alfonso, ed. Patronage, Production, and Transmission of Texts in Medieval and Early-Modern Jewish Cultures. 1 ed. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Review of David Nirenberg, Anti-Judaism: the Western Tradition." Marginalia Review of Books (2014): <Marginalia Review of Books http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/archives/tag/david-nirenberg>.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Before Caliphs and Kings: Jewish Courtiers in Medieval Iberia." The Jew in Medieval Iberia. Ed. Jonathan Ray. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2012. 1-31.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "“Em kol ḥai”: Virtues and Vices in Benjamin ben ‘Anav of Rome’s Masa’ gei ḥizayon." Ot Letova - Essays in Honor of Professor Tova Rosen. Ed. E. Yassif, H. Ishay and U. Kfir. Beer Sheva: Ben Gurion University Press, 2012
Decter, Jonathan P.; Prats, Arturo. The Hebrew Bible in the Fifteenth Century: Exegesis, Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2012.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "A Hebrew 'Sodomite' Tale from Thirteenth-Century Toledo." Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 3. 2 (2011): 187-202.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Concerning the Terminology of Al-Harizi's Virtues Debate." Giving a Diamond: Essays in Honor of Joseph Yahalom on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday. Ed. Wout van Bekkum and Naoya Katsumata. Leiden: Brill, 2011. 159-73.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Ibrahim Ibn al-Fakhar al-Yahudi: An Arabic Poet and Diplomat Between Castile and the Maghreb." Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World. Ed. Goldstein, Miriam and David Freidenreich. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 96-111.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "A Gathering for Our Time: The Dream of the Poem as an Anthology." La Coronica 38. (2010): 167-82.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Sephardi and MIddle Eastern Jewry." The Jew in the Modern World. 3rd ed. Ed. Jehuda Reinharz and Paul Mendes-Flohr. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 435-97.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Andalusi Poetics and Representations of Women in the Andalusi Hebrew Lament." Transforming Loss into Beauty: Essays in Honor of Magda al-Nowaihi. Ed. Marle Hammond and Dana Sajdi. American University in Cairo Press, 2008. 115-41.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "The Hidden Exilarch: Power and Performance in a Medieval Jewish Ceremony." Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts. Ed. Elina Gertsman. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008. 179-91.
Decter, Jonathan P. and Michael Rand, ed. Studies in Arabic and Hebrew Letters in Honor of Raymond P. Scheindlin. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2007.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Ibn Shahin, Nissim Ben Jacob." Medieval Islamic Civilization, an Encyclopedia. 2007.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Landscape and Culture in the Medieval Hebrew Rhymed Prose Narrative." Jewish Studies Quarterly 14. 3 (2007): 257-85.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Poetry, Hebrew." Medieval Islamic Civilization, an Encyclopedia. 2007.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Power in the Portrayal." Rev. of Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Jews and Muslims in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Islamic Spain, by Ross Brann. Jewish Quarterly Review vol. 97 78-81.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Subduing Hagar: The Hebraization of Arabic and Judeo-Arabic Texts in Christian Spain and Provence." Language of Religion, Language of the People: Medieval Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ed. Michael Richter and David Wasserstein. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2007. 155-70.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "The Texture of the Divine." Rev. of The Texture of the Divine: Imagination in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Thought, by Aaron Hughes. Jewish Quarterly Review vol. 97 82-84.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "al-Harizi, Judah." Medieval Islamic Civilization, an Encyclopedia. 2007.
Decter, Jonathan P.. Iberian Jewish Literature: Between al-Andalus and Christian Europe. Bloomington, In: Indiana University Press, 2007.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Rendering Qur'anic Quotations in Hebrew Translations of Islamic Texts." Jewish Quarterly Review 96. 3 (2006): 336-358.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Literatures of Medieval Sepharad." Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times. Ed. Zion Zohar. New York: New York University Press, 2005. 77-110.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "A Myrtle in the Forest: Landscape and Nostalgia in Andalusian Hebrew Poetry." Prooftexts 24. (2004): 135-166.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan." Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times. Ed. Joyce Moss. Santa Monica: Moss Publishing, 2004. 35-41.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Judah al-Harizi's Book of Tahkemoni." Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times. Ed. Joyce Moss. Santa Monica: Moss Publishing, 2004. 68-75.
Decter, Jonathan P.. "Book of Tahkemoni: Jewish Tales from Medieval Spain." Rev. of Book of Tahkemoni: Jewish Tales from Medieval Spain, by David Simha Segal. Prooftexts vol. 23 110-118.