Joel E. Kraemer

John Henry Barrows Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School, the Committees on Jewish Studies and on Social Thought, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies



MHL (Jewish Theological Seminary)
PhD (Yale University)

Joel Kraemer has written on the cultural transmission of the intellectual heritage of Greek antiquity to the worlds of Islamicate civilization, primarily in Humanism in the Renaissance of Islam and Philosophy in the Renaissance of Islam. His more recent interests concern the interplay of cultural and religious themes within Islam and Judaica. He is currently engaged in research on Judaeo-Arabic manuscripts in the documentary portion of the Cairo Geniza. In this connection, he has been investigating Maimonides' life and works in their Islamic context, and has edited the book Perspectives on Maimonides: Philosophical and Historical Studies. Professor Kraemer is also exploring women's letters from the Cairo Geniza as part of a comprehensive study of Jewish women in the world of Islam. He is publishing a volume of Maimonides' letters with the Yale Judaica Series and preparing a biography of Maimonides.