Ezra Tzfadya

Erreichbar via Sekretariat

Focus on Teaching and Research

Focus on Teaching and Research

  • Jewish and Islamic Political Thought
  • Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion
  • Political Theology
  • Middle East Politics and Constitutionalism 


Double Blind Peer-Reviewed Publications


“Retrieving the Foundations and Future of Islamic Modernism: Fazlur Rahman and Mohammed Shabestari on Hermeneutics, Prophetic Epistemology, and the Modern Islamic State”  in Philosophical Hermeneutics in the Islamicate Context. Callmieri, S. Varmick, S. eds. Berlin: Springer Press. In Preparation.  2019. (Contributors include Professors Constance Haschem Arminjon, Alireza Shomali, Urs Goesken, Carool Keersten & Mohammed el-Bizri)


“The Concept of Faith in Jewish Philosophy: Belief before Law, or Law before Belief” in Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses: Faith. Tamer, G. ed. Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter. Forthcoming 2019.  (Contributors include Professors Ovamir Amjum Walter Spam & Susanne Talabardon)


Modern Shiite and Jewish Existence Philosophy in Dialogue(306.9 KB): The Problem of Autonomy” (forthcoming) in Tradition and Innovation- Avicenna and Mulla Sadra in Dialogue. Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter. Forthcoming 2019.  (Contributors include Professors Mohsen Kadivar, Mohammed Shebastari, Hassan Hanafi, Mohammed Legenhausen, & Mohammed Rustom).


“Rethinking Leo Strauss’ Critique of Modernity and Platonic-Theocratic Corrective in Light of Rav Kook and Khomeini .” in Philosophy and Law: Jewish and Islamic Thought between the Poles of Theocracy and Theology. Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter, Forthcoming 2019.(Contributors include Karl-Erich Groezinger, Wilferd Madelung, John McCormick, Hans Daiber, Peter Adamson, Bettina Koch & Clemens Kauffmann).


Living the Truth of a Free Europe(139.1 KB): Community, Philosophy, and Responsibility in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig and Walter Benjamin.” in The Rosenzweig Jahrbuch 3: The Idea of Europe.“ ed. Braser, M. Freiburg/München: Alber, 2008


Edited Publication

 Tzfadya, Ezra. ed. Jews, Judaism and Near-East Context:  Intercultural Productivity, Political Tensions and the Presence of Absence. Ergon Press. (In Preparation)


Academic Book Translation

 Tamer, George. Islamic Philosophy and the Crisis of Modernity: Leo Strauss’s Interpretation of Alfarabi, Avicenna und Averroes. An updated English Translation of Islamische Philosophie und die Krise der Moderne: Das Verhältnis von Leo Strauss zu Alfarabi..  Avicenna und Averroes. Trns. Tzfadya, E  New York: SUNY. Forthcoming 2019.