Or Amir

Or Amir

Or Amir completed his BA studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009, later receiving there his MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in 2013. His MA thesis, under the guidance of Prof. Reuven Amitai, dealt with the role Sufi shaykhs played in Islamization and the formation of Muslim society in Palestine and during the Mamluk Period (1260-1516). Since 2014 he is a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University, under the guidance of Prof. Reuven Amitai and Dr. Daniella Talmon-Heller (BGU). His dissertation focuses the relations between Sufi shaykhs and the Mamluk elite, as a prism for the dynamics of such relations between rulers and saints and the role of saints in Islamic societies. He published several articles on Islamic religious life in Safed, which focused on the local cult of saints and pilgrimage, as well the formation of the local elite during the early Mamluk Period. From 2013 to 2018 he was a research fellow in the ERC project “Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia,” led by Prof. Michal Biran of the Hebrew University. As part of his participation in that project he investigated Arabic sources on the Mongol ruled territories and the mobility of Muslim scholars between those territories and the Mamluk Sultanate, also resulting in published articles.