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Lior Sternfeld

M.A, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Ph.D. Candidate
Lior Sternfeld



I was born and raised in Israel. I received both my Bachelor's degree in Middle East Studies and Jewish History, and Masters in Middle East Studies, From Ben Gurion University of the Negev. I wrote my thesis: "Between Abadan and Suez: The Emergence of Mossadeghism", under the dedicated supervision of Relli Shechter and Haggai Ram. In my thesis, I examined how Mossadegh's policy in Iran impacted and inspired the Egyptian society, towards the Anti-Colonial revolution of 1952.

During my studies at BGU, I also served as the editorial board coordinator for Jama'a Journal for Middle East Studies.

In Fall 2009 I entered the doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin, in the History Department, working under Dr. Kamran Aghaie.




Social History, Modern Iranian politics, Left movements in the Middle East, Grassroots movements in the Middle East, Transnational Hisotry.

HIS 364G • Iran, Iranian Jews, And Israel

39751 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 2.112
(also listed as J S 364, MES 343, R S 358 )
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Provided the harsh rhetoric between the two countries, it may be forgotten that Iran is home to the biggest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Israel. Jewish existence there dates back to 2,700 years ago, and the relations between the country and its minority has known ups and downs. The picture became even more complicated when in 1948 Israel was established and Iran became its most important ally in the region. This course will introduce the history of the triangle made of Iran, its Jews, and Israel, from the nineteenth century to the present. We will examine central events in Iranian history and will see how it affected this relationship. Students will read and analyze primary sources and read critically secondary sources. We will also analyze popular culture products, such as documentaries, TV representations, and literature. One of the end results of the course will be creating an online wiki-style website that will be dedicated to Jewish histories of the Middle East. There will be a one-credit option for students to work with texts in Hebrew. Additional texts in Arabic and Persian will be provided for students who wish to explore them for research purposes.


A course packet will be available, and additional texts will be on Blackboard. Selected chapters from the following books:Levī, Ḥabīb. Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran: The Outset of the Diaspora. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1999.Sarshar, Houman, ed. Esther’s Children : A Portrait of Iranian Jews. Beverly Hills  Calif.  ;Philadelphia: Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History ;;Jewish Publication Society, 2002.———. , ed. Jewish Communities of Iran: Entries on Judeo-Persian Communities Published by the Encyclopedia Iranica. New York: Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation, 2011.Tsadik, Daniel. Between Foreigners and Shi’is : Nineteenth-Century Iran and Its Jewish Minority. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2007.Yeroushalmi, David. The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century Aspects of History, Community, and Culture. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2009.


Class participation 25%Website Entry Essay 25% (first draft: 10%, final draft: 15%)Presentation 10%Final Paper (due at end of semester) 40% (proposal: 10%, paper: 30%)

A 93-100, A- 90-92, B+ 87-89, B 83-86, B- 80-82, C+ 77-79, C 73-76, C- 70-72, D 60-69, F 0-59

HIS F306K • Intro M East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

85255 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm WEL 2.304
(also listed as MES F301K, R S F314 )
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This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the fifteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed over time.

In the midst of mapping this broad view, we will focus our attention on how specific historical figures and events contributed to definitions of Islamic identity, community, and authority. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi`i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contributions of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies.



"Before the Revolution- The Untold Story of the Israeli Community in Iran"


"Between Foreigners and Shi'is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority"







"Pahlavi Iran and Zionism: An Intellectual Elites Short Lived Love Affair with Israel


The Jewish Hospital in Tehran during the 1979 Revolution

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