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Jacob Lassner (born 1963) is the Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish civilization at Northwestern University.[1] Professor Lassner specializes in Medieval Near Eastern History with an emphasis on urban structures, political culture and the background to Jewish-Muslim relations.[1]

Education and honors

Lassner received a PhD degree from Yale University in 1963.

Lassner has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies-Social Science Research Council. [1]


  • Islam in the Middle Ages (2010 projected issue date); co-author
  • Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces: Memory and Communal Conflict in the Medieval Near East
  • Jews and Muslims in the Arab World: Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007); co-author
  • Islamic Revolution and Historical Memory: an inquiry (2005)
  • Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue: a gateway . . (2001)
  • The Middle East Remembered; Forged Identities, Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces (2000)
  • A Mediterranean Society: an abridgement in one volume (1999); co-author
  • History of Al Tabari: The 'Abbasid Recovery : The War Against the Zanj (Suny Series in Near Eastern Studies) (1987); co-author
  • Islamic Revolution and Historical Memory (1986)
  • The History of Al-Tabari (1984); co-author
  • The Shaping of Abbasid Rule (1980)
  • The Topography of Baghdad in the early Middle Ages;: Text and studies by Jacob Lassner (1970); co-author
  • Demonizing the Queen of Sheba: Boundaries of Gender and Culture in Postbiblical Judaism and Medieval Islam (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism) (1993)


  1. ^ a b c Jacob Lassner, Faculty, Religion Department, WCAS, Northwestern University


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