Ofir Haim

Visiting Fellow

Ofir Haim is a visiting Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Geniza Lab. His research centers on social, intellectual and linguistic interactions between different religious and ethnic groups in the pre-modern Iranian world. Ofir earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2020. His dissertation examines the intellectual and religious heritage of pre-Mongol Iranian Jewry within its broader Jewish and Perso-Islamic contexts.

Ofir’s current project explores the early Islamic history of the eastern Iranian world by viewing the society both “from below” and from its territorial and denominational fringes, specifically the rural population, the petty landowners and the Jewish minority. It is based on an analysis of a rich and multilingual corpus which was dubbed the “Afghan Geniza.” Through a meticulous reading and translation of the corpus documents, Ofir offers a fresh outlook on the social order of the Ghaznavid state (977-1186).

Ofir’s recent publications include:

Haim, Ofir. “What is the ‘Afghan Genizah’? A Short Guide to the Collection of the Afghan Manuscripts in the National Library of Israel, with the Edition of Two Documents.” Afghanistan 2/1 (2019), pp. 70-90.

Haim, Ofir. “Acknowledgment deeds (iqrārs) in Early New Persian from the Area of Bāmiyān (395-430 AH/1005-1039 CE).” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 29/3 (2019), pp. 415-446.

Haim, Ofir. “The Early Judeo-Persian Manuscripts in the British Library and in the National Library of Russia: A Unified Textual Corpus?” Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 9/1-2 (2020), pp. 29-61.

Haim, Ofir. “The Islamic East.” In The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 5, The Middle Ages: The Islamic World, edited by P. Ackerman-Lieberman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming in 2021).