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Gerrit Bos is professor emeritus at the Martin Buber Institute, University of Cologne. He has published widely in the field of medieval Jewish-Islamic medicine, and is, inter alia, the editor of the medical works of Maimonides (Brigham Young University) and of Ibn al-Jazzār.

Paul B. Fenton is co-director of the Department of Arabic and Hebrew Studies at the Université de Paris–Sorbonne, where he is professor of Hebrew language and literature. His fields of research cover various aspects of Jewish civilization in the Muslim world, and especially the speculative texts from the Cairo Genizah. Recent publications include Le Commentaire kairouanais sur le Livre de la Création (Louvain, 2002), Joseph Ibn Waqâr, The Principles of the Kabbalah (Los Angeles, 2004), Judah Ibn Malka, La Consolation de l’expatrié spirituel (Paris, 2007), Juda al-Harizi, Kitâb al-Durar, The Book of Pearls (Jerusalem, 2009), and Exile in the Maghreb: Jews under Islam (Paris, 2012; New York 2016). His most recent book, Muhammad Ibn Zikri (17th c.), On the Eminence of Israelites and Arabs (Madrid, CSIC, 2016) is a critical edition of an apologetic work in defense of the Neo-Muslims of Jewish origin in Morocco.

Gad Freudenthal is senior research fellow emeritus at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris. His books include: Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Aldershot, 2005); and (as editor) Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He also is the editor of Aleph.
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Fabian Käs is a research fellow at the Martin Buber Institute, University of Cologne. His publications include Die Mineralien in der arabischen Pharmakognosie (Wiesbaden, 2010) and Al-Maqrīzīs Traktat über die Mineralien (Leiden, 2015).

Y. Tzvi Langermann teaches in Bar Ilan’s Department of Arabic. He earned his doctorate in History of Science at Harvard. He has recently edited two collections of essays: Avicenna and his Legacy: A Golden Age of Science and Philosophy (Brepols, 2009) and Monotheism and Ethics: Historical and Contemporary Intersections among Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Brill, 2011). URL:

Krisztina Szilágyi is a research associate in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. She received her doctorate from Princeton University in 2014. Her main interest lies in the interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the medieval Islamic world, especially as reflected in polemical literature. Her publications include: “Christian Learning about Islam in the Early ʿAbbāsid Caliphate: The Muslim Sources of the Disputation of the Monk Abraham of Tiberias,” in The Place to Go: Contexts of Learning in Baghdād, 750–1000 C.E., ed. Jens Scheiner and Damien Janos (Princeton, N.J.: Darwin Press, 2014), pp. 279–351; “A Prophet like Jesus? The First Christian Polemical Narratives of Muḥammad’s Death and Their Muslim Sources,” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 36 (2009): 131–171; and “Christian Books in Jewish Libraries: Fragments of Christian Arabic Writings from the Cairo Genizah,” Ginzei Qedem 2 (2006): 107–162.
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