Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Howard Tzvi Adelman

Associate Professor of History

Jewish History: social, cultural, early modern, Italian, women’s, Palestine/Israel,
Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations, historiography


236 Watson Hall
Phone: 613-533-2150 or 613-533-6000 x 79139
Fax: 613-533-6298



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

Jewish History Courses

Jewish and World History, until 1492
Jewish and World History, since 1492
Gender, Childhood, Community, and Family in Jewish History
Shared Histories and Competing Narratives: Pagans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Dialogue Courses (co-taught)

Jewish, Arab, and World Civilization until 1492
Muslim and Jewish Societies in the Middle Ages
Messiahs, Mystics, and Martyrs in Medieval Muslim and Jewish Religious Culture
Modern Jewish History (since 1492): Jews under Christianity and Islam
Jews and Muslims in Modern European History: The Enlightenment Origins of
 Antisemitism and  Islamophobia
Israel/Palestine:  One Land, Many Narratives
Comparative Diasporas: Palestinians and Israelis Abroad since 1880

Current Research and Writing

Leon Modena, Seventeenth Century Venetian Rabbi and Critic

Selected Representative Publications

Jewish Marriage Negotiations in Early Modern Italy: For Love and Money (New York: Routledge Research in Early Modern History, 2018)

Modena, Leon, The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena’s Life of Judah,  Mark  Cohen, ed. and tr. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988, “Leon Modena: The Man and the Autobiography,” pp. 19-49;  “Historical Notes,” (with Benjamin Ravid), pp. 181-278   
“Leon Modena, Sarra Copia Sullam, and L’Accademia degli Incogniti,”  in Venice, the Jews, and Europe (Venice: Marsilio, 2016), pp. 310-313 (also in Italian edition)
“Criticism and Tradition: Leon Modena, Azariah de’Rossi, and Elijah Levita Bahur on Kabbalah and the Hebrew Vowels,” in History, Memory, and Jewish Identity, Ira Robinson, Naftali S. Cohen, Lorenzo D’Tommaso, eds (Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2015), pp. 147-171

“The Venetian Identities of Beatrice and Brianda de Luna,” Nashim 25 (2013): 10-19
“A Rabbi Reads the Qur’an in the Venetian Ghetto,” Jewish History 26:1-2 (2012):125-37

Review Article: No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Freedom of Speech at Canadian Universities, by Jon Thompson, Queen’s Law Journal 37:2 (2012): 731-749
“Reflections on Jewish Studies, Twenty Years Later,” Perspectives, Association for Jewish Studies, Spring, 2008, pp. 46-48

“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, 2008), pp. 179-213

“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.

“Self, Other, and Community:  Jewish Women’s Autobiography,” Nashim 7 (2004): 116-127

“Po vesham:  hora-at limudei ha-ishah be-artzot haberit uva-aretz,” [Here and There: Teaching Women’s Studies in the United States and in Israel] Harimi vakoah kolekh:  al kolot nashiim ufarshanut feministit belimudei hayahdut] Raise up your voice with strength: on the voices of woman and feminist interpretation in Jewish Studies],  Rinah Levine Melammed, ed. (Yediot Aharonot, 2001): 169-174

 “Korbanot betoldot am yisrael [Sacrifice in Jewish History],” Ma-of uma-aseh 6 (2000): 161-182


Revised: June 2018