Zvi Ben-Dor Benite

Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Chair; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 517



Field of Study: 

East Asia

Research Interests: 

Global History, Early Modern and Modern Chinese History, Asian and European Islam, Religion and World History, Middle Eastern History, History of Geography, Arab-Jewish and Mizrahi History

Selected Works:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture 1893-1958.  Edited by Moshe Behar and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite.  Brandeis, 2013.

The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History, Oxford University Press, 2009.



The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China.  Harvard University Asia Center, 2005.



“‘Western Gods Meet in the East’: Shapes and Contexts of the Muslim-Jesuit Dialogue in Early Modern China”(Cultural Dialogue in South Asia and Beyond: Narratives, Images and Community (16th-19th centuries), editors: Corinne Lefèvre and Ines G. Županov, 2011).

“Ricci et les « musulmans de Canton » : à propos du premier dialogue des jésuites avec l’Europe,” (Colloque Ricci 2010 Unesco Les éditions du Cerf, 2011).

“Modernity: The Sphinx and the Historian,” in AHR Forum: “Modernity and the Historian,” The American Historical Review Vol. 116, No. 3 (June 2011), pp. 638-652.

“Religions and World History,” Oxford Handbook of World History, Ed. Jerry Bentley (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 210-228 

“Follow the White Camel: Islam in China to 1800,” New Cambridge History of Islam, Vol. 3 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 409-426. 

“‘Nine Years in Egypt’: The Chinese at al-Azhar University,” Hagar, “‘Nine Years in Egypt’: The Chinese at al-Azhar University,” HAGAR, Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities Vol.8 (1) 2008: 105-128.

“The Marrano Emperor: The Mysterious Bond between Zhu Yuanzhang and the Chinese Muslims,” in Sarah Schneewind, Long Live the Emperor!: Uses of the Ming Founder Across Six Centuries of East Asian History. Ming studies research series, no. 4. 2008. pp. 275-308.

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Updated on 07/30/2015