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Name: Dr. Raymond P. Scheindlin
Title: Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature; Director, Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry
Department: Jewish Literature; Medieval Studies Program

Raymond Scheindlin is Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and director of the Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry. He has been on the faculty since 1974 and served as the Seminary's provost from 1984 to 1988. He earlier served on the faculties of McGill and Cornell Universities.

A native of Philadelphia, Scheindlin studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Columbia University, from which he received his Ph.D. in Arabic literature, for his dissertation on an eleventh-century Arab poet from Seville, later published as a book (1974). As an Arabist, he has also written a widely used reference book entitled 501 Arabic Verbs (2007).

Scheindlin's main field of research is the encounter of Hebrew and Arabic cultures in Spain, especially as embodied in the poetry of the two traditions. He also pursues an interest in literary translation, having published translations of medieval and modern Hebrew works of fiction and a verse translation of the biblical book of Job (1998). His books on medieval Hebrew poetry-Wine,  Women, and Death: Medieval Hebrew Poems on the Good Life (1986), dealing with secular poetry; and The Gazelle: Medieval Hebrew Poems on God, Israel, and the Soul (1991), dealing with religious poetry-reflect  both the academic and the literary aspects of his career. His translation of the late Ismar Elbogen's monumental history of the Jewish liturgy appeared in 1993. He is the author of a widely-used textbook, A Short History of the Jewish People (1998) and a co-editor of The Literature of Al-Andalus (2000), a volume in the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature series. His latest book is The Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi's Pilgrimage, published by Oxford University Press in 2007.

Scheindlin was a Guggenheim fellow in 1988 and a fellow of the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Pubic Library in 2005-06. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Jewish Research, and a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals. In 2004 he received the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. 

Biography

Lectures
"The Bible and the Quran: An Introduction to Islam for Jews"
"Wine, Women, and Death: The Golden Age of Hebrew Literature"
"The Golden Age of Judeo-Arabic culture"
"Islamic Reform?: A Jewish Perspective"
"Maimonides: Judeo-Arabic Intellectual"
"The Jews of
Spain"

Topics
Jews and Arabs in the Middle Ages
Medieval Hebrew Literature and Culture
Impact of Islam on Jewish Culture
Hebrew Poetry in the Premodern Period

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