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Livnat Holtzman is Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. From October 2012 to October 2018, she served as Department Chair. Dr. Holtzman is an established expert in Islamic theology and Islamic traditionalism from the inception of Islam until the 15th century. She is currently interested in: (1) the presence of the theological discourse in the public sphere of the medieval societies; (2) Hadith literature (in the widest sense of the term) and its role in theological debates; (3) non-textual elements in the process of Hadith transmission (gesture studies). Recently, she published a 450-page monograph entitled "Anthropomorphism in Islam: The Challenge of Traditionalism (700-1350)", Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (March 2018).


  • Anthropomorphism
  • Ibn Taymiyya
  • Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya
  • Arabic didactic poetry
  • Islamic Philosophy, Islamic Theology, Islamic Thought
  • Arabic Literature
  • Classical Arabic Poetry
  • Islam
  • Arabic
  • Kalam (Islamic Theology)
  • Islamic Theology
  • Hanbalism
  • Hanbali Studies
  • anthropomorphism in Islam
  • Amthropomorphism in Islam
  • Didactic Poetry in Arabic
  • Predetermination in Islam
  • Theological Debates in Islam
  • Medieval History
  • Social Networking
  • Medieval Studies
  • Social History
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Mamluk History
  • Intellctual and social history of the Mamluk Period
  • Mamluk Literature
  • Early Islam
  • Islamic Law
  • Ibnul Qayyim
  • Mamluk Studies
  • Medieval Islamic History
  • Islamic Thought & Philosophy
  • Hadith Studies
  • Islamic History
  • Tafsir
  • Islamic Intellectual History
  • Sufism
  • Hadith
  • Harald Motzki
  • Gesture Studies
  • Anthony Grafton
  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature
  • E-learning

Education/Academic qualification

ערבית, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1996Jun 1999

ערבית, Bachelor

Oct 1984Jun 1987

Bar-Ilan University

Jan 1972Jan 1979


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