The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Kedar, Benjamin Z.  - Emeritus

Born 1938, Nitra (Czechoslovakia); Ph.D. 1969, Yale Univ.; Lect. 1969; Sen. Lect. 1976; Assoc. Prof. 1981; Prof. 1986.
President, International Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, since 1995.

Research Interests:

The history of the Frankish kingdom of Jerusalem. Aerial photography and history. Expulsion as an issue of world history. Cultural persistence under conditions of total political collapse.

Abstracts of Current Research:

The history of the Frankish kingdom of Jerusalem:

Research focuses on the cultural activities in the Latin establishments in the Levant, compared with developments in the European mother-countries and in the realm of Islam.

Aerial photography and history:

A juxtaposition of two aerial photographs of the same area, taken from the same altitude and angle at two different points in time, allow the two photos to interpret one another and objectively document change.

Recent Publications:

Kedar, B.Z. and Al-ajj_j, M. (1990) Muslim peasants in Frankish Palestine: Family size and personal names. Pe?amim, 45: 45-57 (Hebrew).

Kedar, B.Z. (1991) Crociata e missione. L'Europa incontro all'Islam. Rome, Jouvence, 302 pp.

Kedar, B.Z. (1991) Looking Twice at the Land of Israel: Aerial Photographs of 1917-18 and 1987-91. Jerusalem, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, and Tel Aviv, Ministry of Defence, 239 pp. (Hebrew).

Kedar, B.Z., ed. (1992) The Horns of a_n. Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, Jerusalem and Haifa, 2-6 July 1987. Jerusalem, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, and Aldershot, Variorum, 368 pp.

Kedar, B.Z. (1993) The Franks in the Levant, 11th to 14th Centuries. Aldershot, Variorum, 322 pp.

Kedar, B.Z., ed. (1996) Studies in the History of Popular Culture. Jerusalem, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 444 pp. (Hebrew).

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