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raya shani


Academic Profile

Has been teaching since 1997 Islamic Art and Architecture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institute of Asian and African Studies, and The School of Architecture at the Bezal'el Academy of the Arts in Jerusalem, with a two-year break of visiting professorship in UC Berkeley, departments of Art History and Near Eastern Studies.

Sample Publications

A Monumental Manifestation of the Shi'i Faith in Late-Twelfth-Century Iran: The Case of the Gunbad-i 'Alawiyyan, Hamadan, Oxford University Press, in the Series of Oxford Studies in Islamic Art 11, Oxford, 1996; "A Judeo-Persian Talismanic Textile", Irano-Judaica IV (1999), pp. 251-273; "The Iconography of the Dome of the Rock" Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 23 (1999), pp. 158-207; "On the Umayyad Dating of the Double Gate in Jerusalem", Muqarnas 18 (2001), pp. 1-40; "Noah's Ark and the Ship of Faith", Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 27 (2002), pp. 127-203; "'Ali b. Abi Talib - The Lion of God: Iconographical Study of the Lion Image in Shi'i-inspired Mi'raj Paintings", in Survey of Persian Art 18, ed. Abbas Daneshvari, Mazda Publication, Costa Mesa California, 2004, pp. 265-426; "A Pictorial Representation of the Hadith al-thaqalayn in the Ilkhanid copy of Bal'ami's Tarjumah-yi tarikh-i Tabari in the Freer Gallery, Smithsonoan Institution, Washington D.C.", in The Iconography of Islamic Art, Studies in Honour of Robert Hillenbrand, ed,. Bernard O'Kane, Edinburgh University Press, 2005, pp. 285-308; "On the Legitimate Authority Issue in Bal'ami's Tarjuma-yi tarikh-i Tabari at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C.", in Scritti in Onore di Giovanni M. d'Erme, ed. Michele Bernardini and Natalia Tornesello, Napoli, 2005, pp. 1115-1138; "Illustrations of the Ship of Faith Parable in Firdausi;s Prologue to the Shahnama", in Shahnama Studies I, ed. Chrles Melville, University of Cambridge, 2006, pp. 1-39; "Calligraphic Lions Symbolising the Esoteric Dimension of 'Ali's Nature", in The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shi'ism, ed. Pedram Khosronejad, I.B. Tauris, London, 2012, pp. 122-158.

Current Position

independent scholar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem