Scientific board

Appointed by the president of the Hebrew University, the Scientific Advisory Board ensures that manuscripts meet high scientific and academic criteria. The board recommends quality manuscripts for the Magnes Press publication program.

Sarah Stroumsa (Chairwoman)
Professor Emerita of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature and the Department of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Former rector of the university (2008-2012). Her research deals with intellectual history in the medieval Arab World, and namely the philosophy, theology, commentary and polemics of Muslims, Jews and Christians who wrote in Arabic. Her focus in on the distribution of knowledge and ideas among different cultural communities and the similarities and differences in their cultural creation.

Avner de Shalit

Avner de Shalit is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University. His research deals with environmental politics, politics in the city, and poverty and inequality. His is currently researching inequality in cities. His latest book was published by Oxford University Press and is about immigrants in cities. De Shalit is the former head of the Political Science Department and former dean of the Faculty of the Humanities.


Yemima Ben-Menahem
Professor Emerita of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research centres mainly on the philosophy of science, but also involves other fields in philosophy like philosophy of history and American pragmatism. Her book Conventionalism (Cambridge UP, 2006), as well as other volumes which she has edited or co-edited, deal with the philosophy of Hilary Putnam, probability and its role in physics, the concept of criticism, and more. She is currently working on causal constraints in contemporary physics, such as determinism, locality and symmetry principles.

Meir M. Bar-Asher
Professor at the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Former chairman of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, former president of the Istitute of Asian and African Studeis, and former vice president of the Yad Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East. He studies ancient Islam, specializing mostly in the ancient Shi’i doctrine, the Quran and its exegesis, and Islamic-Jewish relationships.

Vered Noam
Professor of Talmud at the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University. Laureate of the 2020 Israel Prize for Talmud studies.

Anat Zohar
Professor at the School of Education of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among her publications are numerous books and articles on the transformation from teaching methods based on conveying knowledge to teaching centred on research and thought development. Former chairwoman of the Pedagogic Department of the Ministry of Education (2006-2009).

Menahem Blondheim
Professor of communications and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Chairman of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His research focuses on new technology in the field of communications, American history and Jewish history. He also heads the American Studies Program at the Hebrew University, serves as chairman of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Cinema Archive and is a member of the scientific boards of the Falk Institute, Davis Institute, the Minerva Center for Human Rights, the Scholas Occurrentes Group, AIX and other institutions.

Michael Karayanni          

Law professor, holds the Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law at the Hebrew University. Served as dean of the Faculty of Law, founding director of the Center for the Study of Multiculturalism and Diversity, director of the Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, and director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights. His research interests are private and interreligious international law, multiculturalism and civil procedure.

Manuela Consonni
Manuela Consonni is the Pela and Adam Starkopf Chair in Holocaust Studies. She is a Professor at the Department of  Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and at the Department of Romance Studies. Her field of research are:  Shoah History and Literature; History of Antisemitism and Racism; History of Italian Jewry; Italian Modern and Contemporary History; Political and Social History of Modern and .Contemporary Europe

Moshe Halbertal
Professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a professor of law at the University of New York.