Ezra Tzfadya, M.A.


Akademischer Werdegang

Academic Employment


Otto-Friedrich Universität, Bamberg. Institute of Oriental Studies


Lecturer and Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)


Chair for Jewish Studies (Supervisor: Prof. Susanne Talabardon)


M.A. program in Cultural Studies of the Middle East (Bavarian Excellence Initiative)



Sept. 2015-Present


Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Ph.D. Candidate, Islamic Studies (ABD)


DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Doctoral Fellow (2015-17)


Dissertation Title: “The Theocratic Idea and Modernity in Judaism and Shiite-Islam. Sovereign Guardianship, Autonomy, and The Law.”


Professor Georges Tamer. Chair for Islamic Studies. (Main Advisor)


M.A. Princeton University, Religion


B.A. Dartmouth College.  Arabic Language and Literature, German Studies (Majors). Jewish Studies (Minor).


English  (Native)

German (Near-Native)

Hebrew (High Advanced)

Arabic   (High Advanced)

Persian (High Advanced)

French  (High Intermediate, Advanced Academic Reading)

Aramaic (Advanced Reading-Talmud)

Turkish (Low Intermediate)


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles / Peer Reviewed Book Chapters


Talabardon S. & Tzfadya E. “The Concept of Faith in Judaism”  in Key Concepts in Interreligious Discourses: Faith. Tamer, G. ed. Boston/Berlin. De Gruyter: Forthcoming 2019


“Modern Shiite and Jewish Existence Philosophy in Dialogue: The Problem of Autonomy” (forthcoming) in Hajatpour R. ed. Tradition and Innovation- Avicenna and Mulla Sadra in Dialogue. Boston/Berlin: De Gruyter. Forthcoming 2019.


“Rethinking Leo Strauss’ Critique of Modernity 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


 “Living the Truth of a Free Europe: 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.

Schwerpunkte in Lehre und Forschung


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

Ezra Tzfadya

Lecturer and Research Associate  (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)

Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg. Institute for Oriental Studies

Chair for Jewish Studies /  Excellence Initiative Graduate School - Cultural Studies of the Middle East

 Ph.D. Candidate, Islamic Studies. FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg