Chair of the Humanities Division of the Israel Academy of Sciences
and Humanities from 2007 to 2013. Professor Friedmann formerly served as the
Dean of the Humanities Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and headed
the Institute of Asian and African Studies as well as the Arabic Language and Literature
Department. Professor Friedmann has been involved in the study, research and
teaching of Arabic and Islam for decades. He has been as a visiting professor
at leading universities in the United States and is the editor of Jerusalem
Studies in Arabic and Islam, a professional journal.
Professor Friedmann holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Arabic language
and literature and in the history of Islamic countries, both received from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1959, 1962), and a PhD degree in Islamic
Studies from McGill University (Canada), received in 1966.
He is the recipient of the 2003 Landau Prize in the Humanities.
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