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Research interests

My main research interests are in Kabbalah, Mysticism and Religious Studies. The main themes in my work are implementing philosophical-linguistic insights from linguistic pragmatics in analyzing Kabbalistic language; inter-relations between Jewish and Islamic mysticism (Kabbalah and Sufism, respectively), especially in the Middle Ages; poetry and social deviance in Safed Kabbalah; first-generation Sabbateanism and its roots in heterodox mystical streams in Islam and European Christian millenarianism; and mysticism, poetry and ritual within the Sabbatean D?nmeh sect. my research thought draws on a diverse toolbox, containing, among others, methods from the history of ideas, anthropology, psychology and psychoanalysis, sociology, linguistic pragmatics – all in addition to classical philological methods traditionally employed in the study of texts.

Research interests

Research interests

My main research interests are in Kabbalah, Mysticism and Religious Studies. The main themes in my work are implementing philosophical-linguistic insights from linguistic pragmatics in analyzing Kabbalistic language; inter-relations between Jewish and Islamic mysticism (Kabbalah and Sufism, respectively), especially in the Middle Ages; poetry and social deviance in Safed Kabbalah; first-generation Sabbateanism and its roots in heterodox mystical streams in Islam and European Christian millenarianism; and mysticism, poetry and ritual within the Sabbatean D?nmeh sect. my research thought draws on a diverse toolbox, containing, among others, methods from the history of ideas, anthropology, psychology and psychoanalysis, sociology, linguistic pragmatics – all in addition to classical philological methods traditionally employed in the study of texts.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jan 1980Jan 1993

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

Jan 1980Jan 1993

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