Meir Litvak


Meir Litvak was appointed as Director of the Center for Iranian Studies at TAU in October 2010. He co-organized a joint conference on “The Heritage of the Past and the Challenges of the Future: The Jews of Iran,” in January 2010, sponsored by the Center for Iranian Studies and Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People. At that conference, he delivered a paper on “The Iranian Religious Establishment – Ideology and Power.”

Litavk presented a paper on “Iranian Anti-Semitism: Continuities and Changes,” at a conference on “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity,” held at Yale University in August 2010. He spoke on “Anti-Semitism in Iran and Holocaust Denial,” at a conference on Antisemitism and the Phenomenon of Holocaust Denial, organized by Trinity College and University College in Dublin, during November 2010. In March, Litvak lectured on “‘We Seek Death’: Martyrdom in the Ideology of Hamas,” at a conference on “The Middle East in Transition,” organized by Hebrew University’s Truman Institute. In June 2010, Litvak spoke on Sunni-Shi’i relations in “Religion and Self-Determination,” at Princeton University’s Liechtenstein Institute of Self-Determination, in Vienna. That same month, he delivered a paper on “The Islamic Republic of Iran: Between Ideological Constraints and the Needs of the Modern State,” at a conference on “Religion and the Nation-State,” organized by The Israeli Democracy Institute.

Litvak published, together with Esther Webman, “Israel and the World,” in Albert Lindemann and Richard Levy (eds.), Anti-Semitism: A History(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). He wrote the entry “Karbala,” inEncyclopaedia Iranica.

For the third year in a row, Prof. Litvak received a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation for his ongoing research on “Isfahan and Mashhad: From Reza Shah to Mossaddeq, 1921-1953.”

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