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Queen's University

Howard Tzvi Adelman 

Associate Professor of History
Director, Jewish Studies Program
Jewish History: social, cultural, early modern, Italian, women's, Israel\Palestine

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 79139
Fax: 613-533-3335
Office: M-C D217
Office Hours:


PhD, Brandeis University, 1985
MA, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1977
BA, Cornell University, 1974  

Selected Courses

Jewish History: Biblical, Ancient, Medieval, Modern
Gender, Childhood, Family, and Community
History and Memory:  Historiographic Texts and Current Controversies
Jews, and Arabs in History (co-taught)
One Land, Many Narratives (co-taught)
Scripture in Judaism and Islam (co-taught)
Comparative Diasporas:  Israeli and Palestinians Abroad (co-taught)
The Holocaust and History
Jewish Autobiography
Jewish- Christian Relations (co-taught)
Black-Jewish Relations (co-taught)
The Other in Judaism and Islam (co-taught)
Paolo Sarpi and his World

Selected Publications

The Lives of Jewish  Women in Early Modern Italy:  The Struggle for Ambiguity (completed book draft)

A biography Leon Modena, seventeenth century Venetian rabbi (in preparation)

"Virginity: Women's Body as a State of Mind:  Destiny becomes Biology," The Jewish Body in the Early Modern Period,eds, M. Diemling and G. Veltri (Brill, forthcoming)

Germany as a Museum of Jewish History and a Laboratory for Jewish Christian Relations," Textures and Meanings: Thirty Years of Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Leonard H. Ehrlich et al, eds. (on-line, 2004):

"Law and Love: The Jewish Family in Early Modern Italy," Continuity and Change 16 (Cambridge University Press, 2001): 283-303

"Italian Jewish Women at Prayer," "Religious Practice Among Italian Jewish Women," Judaism in Practice: From Middle Ages through the Early-Modern Period, Lawrence Fine, ed. (Princeton University Press, 2001), pp. 52-60 and 203-209

"Rabbi Leon Modena and the Christian Kabbalists," Renaissance Rereadings: Intertext and Context, . Maryanne C. Horowitz, Wendy Furman, Anne Cruz, eds. (University of Illinois Press, 1988), pp. 271-286

"Leon Modena: The Man and the Autobiography," "Historical Notes," The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena's Life of Judah, Mark Cohen, ed. (Princeton University Press, 1988), pp. 19-49, 181-273 (with Benjamin Ravid)

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