Ruth Lamdan

Ph.D. - Tel Aviv University



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Jewish society in the Ottoman Empire; The Jews in Italy in the 15th to the 18th centuries; Jewish family life and the status of women.



1. "Two Writings by Rabbi Moshe Basula", Michael, IX (1985), pp. 171-193 (in Hebrew).

2. "The Boycott of Ancona - Viewing the Other Side of the Coin", From Lisbon to Salonica and Constantinople (ed. Z. Ankori), The Yehudey Yavan Le-Dorotham Series, Tel-Aviv 1988, pp. 135-154 (in Hebrew).

3. "Daily life of Jewish Women in Eretz Israel and Egypt in the 16th Century", Proceedings of the 11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Division B, Volume I, Jerusalem 1994, pp. 147-153 (in Hebrew).

4. "Female Slaves in the Jewish Society of Palestine, Syria and Egypt in the 16th Century", The Days of the Crescent (ed. M. Rozen), Tel-Aviv 1996, pp. 355-371 (in Hebrew).

5. "Child Marriage in Jewish Society in the Eastern Mediterranean during the 16th Century", Mediterranean Historical Review, Volume 11, June 1996, pp. 37-59.

6. "Jewish Polygamy in Palestine and Egypt in the Generations following the Expulsion from Spain", Daniel Carpi Jubilee Volume (eds. D. Porat, M. Rozen and A. Shapira), Tel-Aviv 1996, pp. 73-89 (in Hebrew).

7. Am Bifnei Atzman - Jewish Women in Palestine Syria and Egypt in the 16th Century, Tel-Aviv 1996 (in Hebrew).

8. "Inter-Communal Relations in Safed after the Expulsion from Spain - A New Look", Pe’amim, Studies in Oriental Jewry, 72 (1997), pp. 75-83 (in Hebrew).

9. "The Mercies of the Court: Jewish Women Seeking Divorce in Sixteen-Century Palestine, Syria and Egypt", Nashim, A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues, 1 (1998), pp. 51-69.

10. "Deviations from Norms of Moral Behavior in the Jewish Society of Eretz Israel and Egypt in the 16th Century", Sexuality and the Family in History (eds. I. Bartal and I Gafni), Jerusalem 1998 (in Hebrew).

11. A Separate People, Brill’s Series in Jewish Studies, Vol. 26, Leiden-Boston-Köln 2000.

12. ‘The Sixteenth Century - A Lost Opportunity’, Review of Abraham David’s book: To Come to the Land (Tuscaloosa and London, 1999), Cathedra, 96 (2000), pp.171-174 (in Hebrew).

13. A Review of Abraham David’s book: In Zion and Jerusalem: The Itinerary of Rabbi Moses Basola (1521-1523), Jerusalem 1999, in: European Association for Jewish Studies Newsletter, 10, March-September 2001, pp. 32-34.

14. ‘Communal Regulations as a Source for Jewish Women’s Lives in the Ottoman Empire’, The Muslim World, A Special Issue in Memory of Edward Said, Vol. 95, April 2005, pp. 249-263.

15.‘The Wanderings of a Manuscript: Sefer Tikkun Soferim by Rabbi Itzhak Zabakh of Jerusalem’, Materia giudaica, XI/1-2 (2006), pp. 153-158.

16. “Mothers and Infants as seen by 16th Century Rabbis in Eretz Israel and Egypt”, in Turkey: The Ottoman Past and the Republican Present (eds. M. Winter & M. Sheffer), Tel-Aviv 2007, pp. 171-193 (in Hebrew).

17. ‘Jewish Women as Providers in the Generations following the Expulsion from Spain’, Nashim, A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues,13 (2007), pp. 49-67.

18. Sefer Tikkun Soferim of Rabbi Itzhak Tzabah, Tel Aviv, 2009 (in Hebrew).

19. “Jewish Women and Families in Gaza in the 16th and 17th Centuries”, Massekhet, 10 (2010), pp. 73-86 (in Hebrew).

20.  ‘Mothers and Children as seen by Sixteenth Century Rabbis in the Ottoman Empire’, in: Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora (ed. Julia R. Lieberman), Waltham, Mass. 2011, pp. 70-98.

21. ‘The Jewish Community of Jerusalem according to 17th Century Hebrew Legal Documents’, Jewish Law Studies XXIII: The Fordham Conference Volume, 2013, pp. 138-146.


Encyclopaedic Entries:

1.   Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, entry: Women: Jewish

2.   Encyclopedia Judaica (New Edition), entries: Malchi Esperanza; Handali Esther.

3.   Jewish Women, A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, entry: Women in the Jewish Communities of the Levant after the Ottoman Conquest of 1517. 

4.   The Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, entries: Palestine; Polygyny.



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