Hava Lazarus-Yafeh

Israeli Islamic Studies scholar, educator
Hava Lazarus–Yafeh
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Hava Lazarus

(1930-05-06)May 6, 1930
DiedSeptember 6, 1998(1998-09-06) (aged 68)
Burial placeMount of Olives Jewish Cemetery
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
OccupationOrientalist, scholar, editor, educator
SpouseImmanuel Yafeh [he]
  • Paul Lazarus (Rabbi) [de] (father)
AwardsIsrael Prize (1993)

Hava Lazarus–Yafeh (1930–1998; Hebrew: חוה לצרוס-יפה) was a German-born Israeli Orientalist, scholar, editor, and educator.[1] She known for her work in medieval and modern Islamic Studies and interfaith relations.[2] Lazarus–Yafeh was a professor and a head of the Department for Islamic Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She won the Israel Prize in history in 1993.[3]


Hava Lazarus was born on May 6, 1930 in Wiesbaden, Province of Hesse-Nassau, Weimar Republic (present-day Germany) to a Jewish family.[4] Her mother was Jadwiga Walfisz, a teacher; and her father was a noted Geman Rabbi Paul Lazarus (Rabbi) [de].[5] In November 1938, the Wiesbaden Synagogue, where her father had recently retired from, was destroyed on Kristallnacht.[5] In February 1939, the Lazarus family emigrated to Mandatory Palestine.[4] She attended Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.[4] In 1954 she married teacher Immanuel Yafeh.[4]

Lazarus–Yafeh graduated in 1950 from Gordon College of Education (formerly Haifa Teachers' College).[4] She completed her BA degree in 1953, and MA degree in 1958 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[4] Her Ph.D. was completed in 1966 under the supervision of David Hartwig Baneth [he],[6] the title of her Ph.D. dissertation was "The Literary Character of Al-Ghazzali's Writings: Studies in the Language of Al-Ghazzali".

She started teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1962, while she was a student.[4] She was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting researcher at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1965 to 1966.[7] She served as the head of the Department for Islamic Civilization at Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1968 to 1971.[4]

She died on September 6, 1998 in Jerusalem.



  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava (1965). The Literary Character of Al-Ghazzali's Writings: Studies in the Language of Al-Ghazzali (dissertation). Hebrew University of Jerusalem. OCLC 19137767.
  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava (1981). Some Religious Aspects of Islam. Numen Book Series. Vol. 42. Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004378605. ISBN 978-90-04-06329-7.
  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava (1992). Intertwined Worlds: Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691073989.[8][9]

Articles and chapters

  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava (January 1966). "Some Neglected Aspects of Medieval Muslim Polemics against Christianity". The Harvard Theological Review. Cambridge University Press. 89 (1): 61–84. doi:10.1017/S0017816000031813. JSTOR 1509996. S2CID 162692324.
  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava (January 1988). "Reviewed Work: Between Muslim and Jew: The Problem of Symbiosis under Early Islam by Steven M. Wasserstrom". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 118 (1): 97–98. doi:10.2307/606318. JSTOR 606318.

As editor

  • Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava; Cohen, Mark R.; Somekh, Sasson; Griffth, Sidney H., eds. (1999). The Majlis: Interreligious Encounters in Medieval Islam. Wiesbaden, Germany: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. ISBN 9783447040419.[10]


  1. ^ Shivtiel, Avihai (1999-10-01). "Reviews". Journal of Semitic Studies. XLIV (2): 338–341. doi:10.1093/jss/XLIV.2.338. ISSN 0022-4480.
  2. ^ The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. Vol. 24. Jointly published by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists; International Institute of Islamic Thought. 2007. p. 150.
  3. ^ "1990-1999 | האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים". The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Strauss, Herbert A.; Röder, Werner; Caplan, Hannah; Radvany, Egon; Möller, Horst; Schneider, Dieter Marc (2014-02-07). "Lazarus-Yafeh, Hava". The Arts, Sciences, and Literature. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. p. 699. ISBN 978-3-11-097027-2.
  5. ^ a b Menges, Franz (1985). "Lazarus, Paul". Deutsche Biographie (Neue Deutsche Biographie 14) (in German). Retrieved 2022-06-02.
  6. ^ Weiss, Yfaat (2020-05-11). Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts /Dubnow Institute Yearbook XVII/2018 (in German). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 445. ISBN 978-3-647-37080-4.
  7. ^ Who's Who, Israel. P. Mamut. 1968. p. 609.
  8. ^ Khan, Geoffrey (1996). "Review of Intertwined Worlds: Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. 6 (2): 240–241. doi:10.1017/S135618630000729X. ISSN 1356-1863. JSTOR 25183191.
  9. ^ Firestone, Reuven (1998). "Review of Intertwined Worlds: Medieval Islam and Bible Criticism". Journal of Near Eastern Studies. 57 (4): 292–293. doi:10.1086/468655. ISSN 0022-2968. JSTOR 545454.
  10. ^ Kenderova, Stoyanka (2001). "Review of The Majlis: Interreligious Encounters in Medieval Islam". Journal of Islamic Studies. 12 (2): 184–186. doi:10.1093/jis/12.2.184. ISSN 0955-2340. JSTOR 26198129.
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