Prof. Avner Giladi
Department of Middle Eastern History
Tel.: +972-4-8249164
Fax: +972-4-8249712

Research Areas
History of Islamic Religion, History of Family, Women and Children, History of Education in Medieval Muslim Societies.


Ph.D (summa cum laude) Department of Islamic Culture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1984).


A. Books

      • Children of Islam: Concepts of Childhood in Medieval Muslim Society, London: Macmillan/St Antony's College Series, 1992, 176 pp.
      • Infants, Parents and Wet Nurses: Islamic Views on Breastfeeding and Their Social Implications, Leiden: Brill, 1999

B. Articles in Refereed Journals, in Books and in Professional Encyclopaedias (A Selection)


      • "Some Notes on Tahnik in Medieval Islam", Journal of Near Eastern Studies 47(1988), pp. 175-179;
      • "Concepts of Childhood and Attitudes towards Children in Medieval Islam: A Preliminary Study with Special Reference to Reactions to Infant and Child Mortality", Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 32(1989), pp. 121-152;
      • "On Two Key-Terms in al-Ghazali's Ihya Ulum al-Din" , Arabica 36(1989), pp. 81-92;
      • "Sabr (Steadfastness) of Bereaved Parents: A Motif in Medieval Muslim Consolation Treatises and its Origins", Jewish Quarterly Review 80(1989), pp. 35-48;
      • "Some Observations on Infanticide in Medieval Muslim Society", International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 22(1990), pp. 185-200;
      • "Infants, Children and Death in Medieval Muslim Society: Some Preliminary Observations", Social History of Medicine 3(1990), pp. 345-368;
      • "'The child was small... not so the grief for him': Sources, Structure and Content of al-Sakhawi's Consolation Treatise for Bereaved Parents", Poetics Today 14(1993), pp. 367-386;
      • "'Their Fragrance is the Fragrance of Heaven': On Children, Parents and Society in the Muslim Middle East during the Middle Ages", Zemanim 53(1995), pp. 78-87 (Hebrew);
      • "Islamic Consolation Treatises for Bereaved Parents: Some Bibliographical Notes", Studia Islamica 81(1995), pp. 197-202;
      • "Gender Differences in Child Rearing and Education: Some Observatins with Reference to Medieval Muslim Thought", Al-Qantara (Madrid) 16(1995), pp. 291-308;
      • "Three Fatawa on 'Lending Libraries' in North Africa and Spain", Arabica 44(1997), pp. 140-143.
      • "Normative Islam versus Local Tradition: The Case of Female Circumcision with Special Reference to Egypt", Arabica XLIV (1997), pp. 254-267.
      • "Some Observations on Norms of Breastfeeding and Their Social Implications in Premodern Muslim Societies," Journal of Family History 23(1998), pp. 107-123.
      • "Saghir", The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New edition, vol. V, pp. 821-827.
      • "History of Childhood in Premodern Muslim Societies" in U. Harmaan et al (eds), Individu et Soci?t? dans le Monde Musulman M?diterran?en , vol. 0: "Etat des lieux", Paris, 1998, pp. 57-68.
      • "Children", The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, Vol. I.
      • "Islam Uygarliginda Bir 'Cocukluk' Kavrami Var Mi?" ["Is There a Concept of 'Childhood' in Islamic Civilization?"] in B. Onur (ed.), Dunyada ve Turkiye'de Degisen Cocukluk [Changing Childhood in the World and in Turkey], Ankara, 2001, pp. 105-115 [English translation: pp. 309-319).


      • Aricles: "Family", "Fosterage", "Guardianship", "Lactation", "Orphans", "Parents", The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an.