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Josef Meri, American university professor. Born in Chicago Professor Meri hails from a Jerusalemite family. He is presently Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College, U.S.A. which awarded him the Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations in recognition of his research and teaching.


Meri, Josef was born on December 23, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor in Near and Middle Eastern Studies magna cum laude, University California, Berkeley, 1988—1992. Master of Arts in Islamic History, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1993—1995. Doctor of Philosophy in Oriental Studies, University Oxford, 1995—1999.


Born in the United States Prof. Meri hails from a Jerusalemite family. From 2014-2015 he was Visiting Professor in the Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Jordan. During the 2013-2014 academic year Meri served as 8th Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich. From 2011-2014 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University. From June 2010-March 2013 he was Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University and served as Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe and has lived in Oxford, London, Cambridge, Munich, Amman, Cairo, Damascus and Jerusalem. From 2005-2010 he lived in Amman, where he oversaw a major Qur’anic exegesis project at the Jordanian Royal Court. He previously held visiting appointments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and the University of California at Berkeley.


Board member Middle East Medievalists, Chicago, 2002—2004. Member of Medieval Academy of America, Middle East Studies of North America Hagiography Society, American Academy Religion, Middle East Medievalists, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Maryam Kilani.

Maryam Kilani.