Pavel Sládek

Pavel Sládek, PhD is an associate professor of Hebrew Studies and the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. He is a co-founder of the Prague Centre for Jewish Studies. Since 2014, he is the Director of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. In 2012, he was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and in 2016, he was awarded Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Since 2014, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Jewish Studies.

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Research Interests

  • Medieval and early modern rabbinic literature and Jewish thought
  • History of the material text
  • Hebrew printing (1520–1650)
  • Jewish intellectual history in the sixteenth century and the “New Science”

Selected Publications

“A Sixteenth-Century Rabbi as a Published Author: The Early Editions of Rabbi Mordecai Jaffe´s Levushim”, in: David Ruderman – Francesca Bregoli (eds.), Connecting Histories: Jews and Their Others in the Early Modern Period, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (forthcoming).

“Typography and the Strategies of Reading: The Lesson of Tzemah David (1592)”, Judaica Bohemiae 51 (2016), no. 1, pp. 65–95.

“Early Modern Ethnographies of Jews: An Unpublished Book on Jewish Mores by the Czech Catholic Priest Karel Jugl”, Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge 40 (2015), Themenband: Frankfurtʼs ʻJewish Notabiliaʼ (ʻJüdische Merckwürdigkeitenʼ): Ethnographic Views of Urban Jewry in Central Europe around 1700, pp. 167–198.

„R. Judah Loew – Theologian with Humanistic Bias: His Social Attitudes and His Anthropology“, in: Elchanan Reiner (ed.), Maharal – Overtures: Biography, Doctrine, Influence, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2015, pp. 275–304 (in Hebrew).

“The printed book in 15th- and 16th-century Jewish culture”, in: Sixtová, Olga (ed.), Hebrew Print in Prague (1512–2012), Prague: Jewish Museum – Academia, 2012, pp. 3–25.

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