Itzchak Weismann

Itzchak Weismann, Prof. Dr.

Haifa University




M.A. studies, University of Haifa. Thesis: Sa'id Hawwa – Da'iya of the Muslim Brother in Bathist Syria. With distinction.



Ph.D. studies, University of Haifa. Dissertation: Reform Trends in Islam – Sufism and Salafiyya in Damascus, 1823-1918. Summa cum Laude.



Post-Doctorate, Princeton University.



Post-Doctorate, Oxford University.

2001 –


Lecturer of Islamic Studies, University of Haifa.



Teaching at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania.

2010 –


Founding Crescent Series of translations of Modern Islamic Thinkers.



Director of Jewish-Arab Center, University of Haifa.



Member of the University Senate.



Steering committee of Peace and Conflict Management Program.

2014 –


Steering committee of The Asian Sphere Inter-University Program.



Delivering a Week Seminar at the Institut fur Islamische Theologie, Osnabrück University.

Research interests

Modern Islamic movements and ideologies: Salafis and Muslim Brothers.

Sufism and Sufi orders.

Preaching Islam and Islamization (da‘wa).

Islamic participation in interfaith dialogue.

Islam in South Asia.

Current research projects

Islamic Fundamentalism and Jewish Messianism in comparative approach.

The life and thought of Abdallah Nimr Darwish, founder of the Islamic movement in Israel



  1. Taste of Modernity: Sufism, Salafiyya, and Arabism in Late Ottoman Damascus. Leiden: Brill, 2001.
  2. The Naqshbandiyya: Orthodoxy and Activism in a Worldwide Sufi Tradition. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
    • Naksibendilik. Istanbul: Litera Publications, 2015 (in Turkish).
  3. Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi: Islamic Reform and Arab Revival. London: Oneworld, 2015.

Co-Edited Books

  1. Ottoman Reform and Islamic Regeneration. London: I.B. Tauris, 2005.
    • Osmanlı Reformları, Taşrada Uygulanışı ve Etkileri. Istanbul: Islik Yayinlari, 2017 (in Turkish).
  2. Islamic Myths and Memories: Mediators of Globalization. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.
  3. Culture of Da‘wa: Preaching Islam in the Modern World Salt Lake City: Utah University Press, forthcoming).

Scientific Editions

  1. Sayyid Qutb, Manifest of Radical Islam – Signposts (Tel-Aviv: Resling, 2011) (in Hebrew).
  2. Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi, The Revival of Islam: Congress in Mecca, the Mother of Cities (Tel-Aviv: Resling, 2015) (in Hebrew).
  3. Abdallah Nimr Darwish, Islam is the Solution (Tel-Aviv: Resling, forthcoming) (in Hebrew).

Journal Articles

  1. “Sa‘id Hawwa The Making of a Radical Muslim Thinker in Modern Syria,” Middle Eastern Studies 29 (1993), 601623.
  2. “The Islamic Opposition in Ba‘thist Syria,” The New East 35 (1996), 83104. (in Hebrew).
  3. “Sa‘id Hawwa and Islamic Revivalism in Ba‘thist Syria,” Studia Islamica 85 (1997), 131154.
  4. “The Political Heritage of Ibn Taymiyya in the Light of the Original Salafiyya,” The New East 42 (2001), 2542 (in Hebrew).
  5. “Between Sufi Reformism and Modernist Rationalism A Reappraisal of the Origins of the Salafiyya from the Damascene Angle,” Die Welt des Islams 41 (2001), 206237.
  6. “God and the Perfect Man in the Experience of ‘Abd alQadir al-Jaza’iri,” Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society 30 (2001), 5572.
    • “Dieu et l’Homme Parfait dans la Realisation de ‘Abd alQadir al-Jaza’iri,” Vers la Tradition114115 (2008-2009), 118-133 (in French).
  7. “The Forgotten Shaykh: ‘Isa alKurdi and the Transformation of the Naqshbandi-Khalidi Order in Twentieth Century Syria,” Die Welt des Islams 43 (2003), 273293.
  8. “Sufi Brotherhoods in Syria and Israel: A Contemporary Overview,” History of Religions 43 (2004), 303318.
    • “Suriye ve İsrail’de Tarikatlar: Günümüzdeki Duruma Toplu Bir Bakış,” Tasavvuf 17 (2006), 267281 (in Turkish).
    • “Sufismo e confraternite nell’area Siriana: Strategie religiose e implicazioni politiche,” in Marietta Stepanyants (ed.), Sufismo e confraternite nell’islam contemporaneo: Il difficile equilibrio tra mistica e politica (Turin, 2003), 103121 (in Italian).
  9. “The NaqshbandiyyaKhalidiyya and the Salafi Challenge in Iraq,” Journal of the History of Sufism 4 (2004), 229240.
  10. “The Invention of a Populist Islamic Leader: Badr alDin al-Hasani, the Religious Educational Movement, and the Great Syrian Revolt,” Arabica 52 (2005), 109139.
  11. “The Politics of Popular Religion: Sufis, Salafis, and Muslim Brothers in Twentieth-Century Hamah,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 37 (2005), 39-58.
  12. “The Sociology of ‘Islamic Modernism’: Muhammad ‘Abduh, the National Public Sphere, and the Colonial State,” The Maghreb Review 32 (2007), 104121.
  13. “Abu alHuda al-Sayyadi and the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism,” Arabica 54 (2007), 586592.
  14. “The Deviant Dervishes, Sufism, and Muslim Orthodoxy,” Jama‘a 15 (2007), 8595 (in Hebrew).
  15. “The Hidden Hand: The Khalidiyya and the Orthodox – Fundamentalist Nexus in Aleppo,” Journal of the History of Sufism 5 (2007), 4159.
  16. “Genealogies of Fundamentalism: Salafi Discourse in NineteenthCentury Baghdad,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 36 (2009), 269282.
  17. “Democratic Fundamentalism? – The Practice and Discourse of the Muslim Brothers Movement in Syria,” The Muslim World 100 (2010), 116.
  18. “Democracy in the Middle East: A Deaf Conversation?: On Uriya Shavit's Wars of DemocracyCatharsis 14 (2010), 3258 (in Hebrew).
    • “Fundamentalism and Democracy in the Discourse of the Muslim Brothers in Syria,” in Meir Hatina and Uri M. Kupferscmidt (eds.), The Muslim Brothers: A Religious Vision in a Changing Reality (TelAviv, 2012), 125-146 (in Hebrew).
  19. “Modernity from Within: Islamic Fundamentalism and Sufism,” Der Islam 86 (2011), pp. 142-170.
    • “Modernity from within: Islamic Fundamentalism and Sufism,” Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.), Sufis and Salafis in the Contemporary Age (London, 2015), 9-31.
  20. “Beyond Trauma: History and Identity among the Muslim Minority in India – A View on the Teaching of Abu al-Hasan 'Ali al-Nadwi,” The New East 51 (2012), 52-68 (in Hebrew).
  21. “Between Islam and the West: The Sufi Tradition in the Face of the Challenges of Globalization,” The New East 52 (2013), 157-180 (in Hebrew).
  22. “Indian Roots of Modern Islamic Revivalism,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 36, 4 (2013), 19-35.
  23. “Material Progress and Cultural Supremacy: Muslim Brotherhood Conceptualizations of Civilization,” Journal of Civilization Studies 1 (2014), 63-79.
  24. “Framing a Modern Umma: The Muslim Brothers' Evolving Project of Da‘wa,” Sociology of Islam 3, 3-4 (2015), 146-169.
  25. Co-author. “Liberalism and Multiculturalism in a Jewish-Democratic Society: The Acre Shared Space Project,” The Public Sphere 10 (2016), 43-63 (in Hebrew).
  26. Co-author. “Neither Muslim nor Other: British Secular Muslims,” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 27 (2016), 379–395.
  27. “A Perverted Balance: Modern Salafism between Reform and Jihad,” Die Welt des Islam 57 (2017), 33-66.
  28. “New and Old Perspectives in the Study of Modern Salafism,” Bustan: The Middle East Book Review 8 (2017), 22-37.
  29. “Between Da‘wa and Dialogue: Religious Engagement in Muslim-minority Environments,” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, online.

Articles and Book Chapters

  1. “‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri: Reminding the Intellectual, notifying the unmindful,” in Charles Kurzman (ed.), Modernist Islam 1840-1940: A Sourcebook (New York, 2002), 133-137.
  2. “Sufi Reformist Diffusion and the Rise of Arabism in Late Ottoman Syria,” in Thomas Philipp and Christoph Schumann (eds.), From the Land of Syria to the Syrian States (Beirut, 2004), 113-125.
  3. “Law and Sufism on the Eve of Reform: The Views of Ibn ‘Abidin,” in Itzchak Weismann and Fruma Zachs (eds.), Ottoman Reform and Islamic Regeneration (London, 2005), 69-80.
  4. “The Shadhiliyya-Darqawiyya in the Arab East (19th-20th Century),” in Eric Geoffroy (ed.), Une voie soufie dans le monde – La Shadhiliyya (Paris, 2005), 255-269.
  5. “Modern Sufi Attitudes toward the West: Four Naqshbandi Cases,” in Meir Litvak (ed.), Middle Eastern Societies and the West: Accommodation or Clash of Civilizations? (Tel-Aviv, 2006), 221-236.
    • “Sufismo contemporano e Occidente, Quattro casi Naqshbandi,” in Stefano Salzani (ed.), Teologie politiche islamiche (Genova and Milano, 2006), 187204 (in Italian).
  6. “Sufi Fundamentalism in India and the Middle East,” in Martin van Bruinessen and Julia Howell (eds.), Sufism and the ‘Modern’ in Islam (London and New York, 2007), 115-128.
    • “Fundamentalisme Sufi Antara India dan Timur Tengah," in Martin van Bruinessen and Julia Howell (eds.), Urban Sufism (Jakarta, 2008), 197219 (in Indonesian).
  7. “L’islam e il Concetto di Modernita,” in Giovanni Filoramo (ed.), Le religioni e il mondo modern 3: Islam (Torino, 2009), 5-28 (in Italian).
  8. “South Asia, West Asia, and the Center - Edge Dialectics of Modern Islamic Networking,” in Priya Singh and Susmita Bhattacharya (eds.), Perspectives on West Asia: The Evolving Geopolitical Discourses (New Delhi, 2012), 85-101.
  9. “Revival and Reform in the Face of the West: The Sufi Discourse of ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza’iri,” in Aharon Layish (ed.), Conversion, Sufism, Revival and Reform in Islam (Tel-Aviv, 2012), 232-258 (in Hebrew).
  10. “Knowledge and Leadership: Modern Constructions – an Overview,” in Daphna Ephrat and Meir Hatina (eds.), Religious Knowledge, Authority and Charisma: Islamic and Jewish Perspectives (Salt Lake City, 2014), 149-156.
  11. “The Myth of Perpetual Departure: Sufis in a New (Age) Global (Dis)Order,” in Itzchak Weismann, Mark Sedgwick and Ulrika Martensson (eds.), Islamic Myths and Memories: Mediators of Globalization (Farnham, 2014), 121-137.
  12. “Die Vorlāufer des Modernen Salafismum,” in Thorsten Gerald Schneiders (ed.), Salafismus in Deutschland: Ursprünge und Gefahren einer islamisch-fundamentalistischen Bewegung (Bielfeld, 2014), 103-116.
  13. “Sufism in the Age of Globalization,” Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Sufism (Cambridge, 2015), 257-281.
  14. “The Sufi Brotherhoods between Modernity and Islamism,” in Meir Bar-Asher and Meir Hatina (eds.), Islam: History, Religion, Culture (Jerusalem, 2017), 653-670 (in Hebrew).
  15. “The Formation and Expansion of the Modern Da‘wa Discursive Field,” in Itzchak Weismann and Jamal Malik (eds.), Culture of Da'wa: Preaching Islam in the Modern World (Salt Lake City, forthcoming).
  16. “The Entire Land is My Lodge: Naqshbandi Responses to the Challenges of Modernity and Globalization,” in Daphna Ephrat, Ethel Sara Wolper and Paulo G. Pinto (eds.), Saintly Spheres & Islamic Landscapes: Emplacements of Spiritual Power across Time and Place (Leiden, forthcoming).

Encyclopedias Entries

Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd ed.

  1. ‘Abd al-Majid al-Khani.
  2. ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Bitar.
  3. Abu Sa‘id Shah.
  4. Badr al-Din al-Hasani.
  5. Dawud b. Jirjis.
  6. Fasiyya.
  7. ‘Isa al-Kurdi.
  8. Jan-i Janan Mazhar.
  9. Al-Kawakibi, ‘Abd al-Rahman.
  10. Khalid, Mawlana Baghdadi.
  11. Khalidiyya.
  12. Muhammad al-Hamid.
  13. Musafir Baba Shah Muhammad.
  14. Mustafa al-Siba‘i.
  15. Nu‘man Khayr al-Din al-Alusi.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450.

  1. Islamic Modernism.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, 2nd ed.

  1. Syria.
  2. Hawwa, Sa‘id.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.

  1. Nadwat al-Ulama.
  2. Sirhindi, Ahmad.

Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia.

  1. Naqshbandiyya.

Book Reviews

  1. Vincent Cornell, Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1998) – Studia Islamica 94 (2002).
  2. Elizabeth Sirriyeh, Sufi Visionary of Ottoman Damascus: ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi, 1641-1731 (London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2005) – MESA Bulletin 40/2 (2006).
  3. David Commins, The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia (London and New York: I.B.Tauris, 2006) – Electronic Journal of the Middle East Studies-MIT, Spring 2008.
  4. Dina Le Gall, A Culture of Sufism: Naqshbandis in the Ottoman World, 1450-1700 (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005) – Jama‘a 17 (2009), 213-218 (in Hebrew).
  5. Raphaël Lefèvre, Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria (London: Hurst & Co., 2013) – Middle Eastern Studies 50 (2014), 171-174.
  6. Nuhad Ali, Between Ovadia and Abdallah: Islamic Fundamentalism and Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2013) – The New East 54 (2015), 220-224 (in Hebrew).
  7. Bernard Rougier, The Sunni Tragedy in the Middle East: Northern Lebanon from al-Qaeda to ISIS (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) – Journal of Global Analysis 7 (2017), 97-98.
  8. Joas Wagemakers, Salafism in Jordan: Political Islam in a Quietist Community (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) – Die Welt des Islams 58 (2018), 98-101.

Presentations (since 2015)

  1. "Concluding Remarks". The Future of Salafism. Oxford University, 5-6.12. 2018
  2. "The Modern Salafi Revolution and the New Frontiers of Islam". 4th Multidisciplinary Congress - Modernity: Frontiers and Revolutions. Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, 3-6.10. 2018.
  3. "Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi – Precursor of Arab Nationalism?" Collective Identities in the Middle East. University of Haifa, 4.2018.
  4. "Religion and Science in the Thought of Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi". Freedom and Science in Islam. Tel-Aviv University, 112.2017.
  5. "The Making of Islamic Modernity: Salafi Thought between the Forefathers and the West". The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity. American University in Bulgaria, Blagovgrad, 30.5-1.6.2017.
  6. "Paradoxes of the Most Religious State: (De-)Secularization and (In-) Tolerance in Saudi Arabia". Secularization and Toleration. Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago de Chile, 9-11.11. 201
  7. "The Influence of the Nahda on the Life and Work of Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi". Journalism, Language and Identity in the Nahda. Academy of the Arab Language, Nazareth, 3.9.2016.
  8. "Enlightened Salafism and Islamic Modernism". 40th Annual Conference of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel. Western Galilee College, 9.6.2016.
  9. "Roots of Islamism: Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi on the corruption and correction of Sufism". Sufism East and West: Mystical Islam and Cross-cultural Exchange between the West and the Muslim World (in memory of Annemarie Schimmel). University of Erfurt, 15-17.4.2016.
  10. "South and West Asia in Modern Islamic Networking". The Making of the Asian Sphere: Past, Present, and Future. University of Haifa, 5-7.4.2016.
  11. "The Dual Dialectics of Islamic Enlightenment". Islam and the West, Islam in the West. Tel-Aviv University, 7.1.2016.
  12. "The Saved Party: This Life and the Hereafter in Modern Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood Thought". Life Here and Hereafter: Beliefs and Practices. Vilnius University, Lithuania, 23-24.10.2015.
  13. "Salafi Interpretations of the Civilizational Values of Islam". 45th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations. Rio de Janeiro, 11-6.2015.
  14. "Equilibrium Breached: The Modern Salafiyya between East and West". East and West: Encounters, Conflicts and Images. Israel Academy of Science, Jerusalem, 8-9.3.2015.
  15. "Sa'id Hawwa of Syria: a Muslim Brother, Salafi, and Sufi". Reformers and Intellectual Reformulation in Contemporary Islam. SOAS, London, 28-30.1.20
  16. "Shi'i Sectarianism in the Middle East". Tel-Aviv University, 13.1.2015.
  17. "Da'wa and Jihad: The Inner Muslim Brothers Debate". Modern Preaching of Islam: Salafis, Islamic Movements, Muslim States – co-organizer. University of Haifa, 6-8.1.2015.