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Nahshon Perez (PhD) is an associate professor at the department of political studies, Bar Ilan University.

After completing his PhD in political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2007), he was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor at the U. of Montreal (CREUM), U. Catholic of Louvain la Neuve (Hoover fellowship), University of California Los Angeles and Boston University.

He Joined the political studies department at Bar Ilan in 2012, and in that year also won the prestigious European Union Marie Curie Re-Integration research grant (2012-2016). He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals (including the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, CRISPP and others) on various problems of toleration and pluralism, and on issues of intergenerational justice.

His first book, Freedom from Past Injustices, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012. His second book, Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in Sacred Sites, (co-authored with Yuval Jobani), was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. This is the first book-length academic research to be published on this important dispute over prayer arrangements at the Western Wall, providing a detailed examination, including social, legal and Halachic aspects of the struggle of the Women of the Wall, and placing it in comparative and theoretical contexts.

It won the best book award from the Israel Political Science Association (2018), and an honorable mention as a finalist for the Shapiro award from the Association for Israel Studies (2018).

The research project on the ‘Women of the Wall’ was supported by a research grant provided by the Israel Science Foundation (2015-18, with Yuval Jobani).

Prof. Perez’ third book (co-authored with Y. Jobani): Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in five Contested Sacred Sites was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. This monograph defines and analyzes five governance models for contested sacred sites, corresponding to real life contested sites. It is the first research to offer such a systematic typology.

The research project on ‘governing the sacred’ is supported by a research grant provided by the Israel Science Foundation (2018-2021, with Yuval Jobani).

Prof. Perez recently published his latest monograph, ‘Worldly Politics and Divine Institutions: a Casuistic Analysis of the Contemporary Entanglement of Faith and Government’,Oxford University Press. This monograph examines complex cases of entanglement of government and religion, including cases of discrimination conducted by governmental-funded religious associations; the governmental endorsement of religious symbols in public spaces, and others.

CV Nachshon Perez

Education/Academic qualification


Oct 2001Apr 2007

Award Date: 30 Apr 2007


Oct 1998Jun 2001

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001


Oct 1995Jun 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998


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