Professor of Arab Crossroads
Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: PhD, University of California, LA
Research Areas: interaction between religions in world history, cultural exchanges
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He teaches courses on Asian history during and after the Mongol period and on Judaism and Islam. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite was born in Jerusalem to a family that emigrated from Iraq. Growing up not only in a bilingual setting – speaking Arabic and Hebrew – but also in a binational city defined his relationship both to words and to languages. He studied Chinese in Jerusalem, in China, and later at UCLA where he completed his PhD in early modern Chinese history.
Ben-Dor Benite has received several awards and honors and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Berggruen Institute. Ben-Dor Benite’s research centers on the interaction between religions in world history and cultural exchanges across vast space and deep time.