Prof. Yaron Ben Naeh

History of the Jewish People, the Faculty of Humanities

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

About me

Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh teaches in the department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and director of Misgav Yerushalayim, The Center for Research and Study of Sephardi and Oriental Jewish Heritage. He teaches the history of the Jews in Islamic countries as well as the history of Palestine during the Ottoman period.



His book Jews in the Realm of the Sultans appeared in Hebrew, English and Turkish. He is the editor of the book Turkey in the “Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries” book series (Ben Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East). Together with Noah Arsalnatsh, he transalated and published the Osmanli Devleti ve Istanbul, a Hebrew chronicle on the topic of the sultans in the 17th century. In addition, he wrote a scientific edition based on an autobiography of sepharadic from the old yishuv in Jerusalem, named Sefer Korot Mishpacha. He has published more than hundred articles on social and cultural history of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire. He is recently worked on a huge corpus of Jewish wills (1500-1900), mostly in Hebrew and Ladino. Another large project is the letters of the Sassoon merchant family in Judeo-Arabic from the second half of the 19th century.