Prof. Yaron Harel Appointed to Advisory Committee of Prestigious Turkish Journal
Date: 2012-08-06 Hour: 11:41
Prof. Yaron Harel, Chairman of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History, has been appointed a member of the Advisory Committee of the Turkish international journal Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakultesi Dergisi (Journal of the Faculty for Language and History/Geography), published by Ankara University.
Prof. Harel was invited to join the Committee after he delivered a paper at an international conference for scholars specializing in the Ottoman Empire, which was held last year in North Cyprus. The Journal editors said they intend to provide a platform for research in Jewish studies and Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.
The journal, established in 1942, is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Turkey in the field of humanities. It is edited by Prof. Merthan Dundar, and published by the Ankara University Faculty for Language and History/Geography, which was founded by the first president of Turkey,Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Prof. Harel also serves as Chairman of the Academic Committee of Bar-Ilan University's Aharon and Rachel Dahan Center for Culture, Society and Education in the Sephardic Heritage and heads the History Committee of the Ministry of Education. His research interests include the political social and cultural history of Middle Eastern Jews in modern times. His contributions to this field have earned him a series of noteworthy awards including the Ben-Zvi Prize for his book By Ships of Fire to the West: Changes in Syrian Jewry during the Period of the Ottoman Reform (1840-1880); the Shazar Prize for his book Intrigue and Revolution in the Jewish Communities of Damascus, Aleppo, and Baghdad, 1744-1914; and the President of Israel Prize for his work and commemoration of the late Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, former President of Israel.