Daniel Boušek

Daniel Boušek, PhD is an associate professor of Hebrew Studies at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Charles University. In his dissertation, he examined the medieval Hebrew travelogues and Jewish pilgrimages. The publishing house Academia published his monograph Polemics between Islam, Judaism and Hebrew Bible in the Middle Ages (2013). In 2015, he was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and in 2016, he was awarded Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellowship, working together with Prof. Stefan Schorch and dr. Gregor Schwarb (SOAS) on a project called Masāʾil al-khilāf, The Samaritan Polemical Treatise against the Jews. Since 2019, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the publishing house Walter de Gruyter (Berlin), Studia Samaritana.

Contact information: daniel.bousek@ff.cuni.cz

Research Interests

  • Medieval Hebrew and Renaissance travelogues
  • Judeo-Arabic literature
  • Jewish cultural history in medieval Islamic countries
  • Jewish-Islamic polemics
  • Samaritan Studies

Selected Publications

“This Covenant of Peace for the Samaritans”: The Prophet Muhammad’s Encounter with a Samaritan, a Jew, and a Christian. In: Steven Fine (ed.),The Samaritans: A Biblical People, Boston: Brill, 2022, 90-97.

„Entangled Arguments: A Survey of Religious Polemics between Islam and Judaism in the Middle Ages“, Alexander Dubrau et al (eds.), Transfer and Religion. Interactions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020, 17–70.

„The Story of the Prophet Muḥammad’s encounter with a Samaritan, a Jew, and a Christian: the version from Abū l-Fatḥ’s Kitāb al-Tārīkh and Its Context“, in: Jan Dušek (ed.), The Samaritans in Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives(Studia Samaritana 11, Studia Judaica 110), Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018, pp. 105–130.

“… And the Ishmaelites Honour the Site”: Images of Encounters Between Jews and Muslims at Jewish Sacred Places in Medieval Hebrew Travelogues, Archiv orientální 86/1 (2018), pp. 23–51.

Polemics of Judaism with Islam in the Middle Ages. Salomon ibn Adret and Shimʿon ben Ṣemaḥ Duran, Praha: Academia, 2015, 280p. (Czech)

Polemics of Islam with Judaism and the Hebrew Bible in the Middle Ages. Ibn Hazm and Samawʾal al-Maghribī, Praha: Academia, 2013, 435p. (Czech)

Jewish pilgrim age and pilgrimage places in the Middle East as portrayed in Hebrew Travelbooks from 12th to 16th century, Praha: Karolinum, 2008. 380p. (Czech).

 “The abrogation of Mosaic Law in Judaism’s medieval polemic with Islam: Se´adyah Gaon, Ya´qūb al-Qirqisānī, Maimonides”, in: Marcela Zoufalá (ed.), Jewish Studies in the 21st Century: Prague – Europe – World, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014, pp. 29–57.


Czech translations from Judeo-Arabic:

  • Nissim ben Jacob Ibn Shāhīn, Book of Comfort after Distress (al-Faraj ba’d al-Shidda), Prague: Academia, 2022.
  • Jehuda ha-Levi: The Book of Refutation and Proof on Behalf of the Despised Religion (The Book of the Khazars) known as The Kuzari (Kitāb al-Radd wa-ʼl-Dalīl fī ʼl-Dīn al-Dhalīl), Praha: Academia, 2013. 341p. [Co-author: Dita Rukriglova].
  • Saadyah Gaon, Book of Doctrines and Beliefs (Kitāb al-Amānāt waʾl-Iʿtiqādāt), Prague: Academia, 2021. [Co-author: Dita Válová]
  • The Letters of Rabbi Obadya to his Father and other Hebrew Renaissance Travel Books, Praha: Argo 2004. 195p.
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