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Nahum Karlinsky's scholarship engages in diverse fields of inquiry, among them the study of the social, cultural, urban and economic history of modern Israel/Palestine; modern Jewish Philanthropy; Hasidism; Jewish Fundamentalism; and modern Jewish historiography.


Karlinsky, currently a Senior Lecturer at the Institute, has taught numerous courses on Israeli identity; the social, cultural and urban history of Israel/Palestine; Post-Zionism, Neo-Zionism and Jewish Fundamentalism. In 2006-2007 he headed of the Israel Studies Program at Ben-Gurion University.

During the academic year of 2004-2005 he was on sabbatical at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies.  In 2008-2009 he was Fellow at the
Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the University of Pennsylvania.  Since 2008 he has been affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MISTI-Israel as a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT's Political Science Department, where he has been teaching a course on Israel, its politics, society, culture and identity. This academic year (2010/11) he also serves as a Research Affiliate at MIT's Center for International Studies.

Selected Publications


  • Karlinsky, N. and A. Bareli, (eds.), Economy and Society in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel - Thematic Series, vol. 2, Sede Boker Campus: The Ben-Gurion Research Center, in Cooperation with the Cherrick Center, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and with the Monaster Center for Economic Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 2003, 628, xvi, pp. [in Hebrew].  

  • Karlinsky, N., Citrus Blossoms: Jewish Entrepreneurship in Palestine, 1890-1939, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2000, 315 pp. [in Hebrew].               
  • Karlinsky, N., Counter History: The Hasidic Epistles from Eretz-Israel  - Text and Context, Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Press, 1998, 232 pp. [in Hebrew]. Book Cover



  • Karlinsky, N. "The Limits of Separation: Jaffa and Tel Aviv before 1948 – The Underground Story", in: Maoz Azaryahu and S. Ilan Troen (eds.), Tel-Aviv at 100: Myths, Memories and Realities (Indiana University Press, in print)


  • Karlinsky, N. 'Jewish Philanthropy and Jewish Credit Cooperatives in Eastern Europe and Palestine up to 1939: A Transnational Phenomenon?', Journal of Israeli History, Vol. 27(2) (2008), 149-170


  • Karlinsky, N., ‘Beyond Post-Zionism: A Review Essay’, Israel Studies, 9 (3) (2004), 169-181


  • Karlinsky, N., 'The Dawn of Hasidic-Haredi Historiography,' Modern Judaism Vol. 27 (1) (2007), 20-46


  • Karlinsky, N., ‘The Hasidic Immigrant Community of Safed, 1840-1880: Demographic Aspects and Social Crystallization’, Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, vol. 15 (1999), pp.151-196, [in Hebrew]

Research Fields

  • Social and Economic History of Modern Palestine and Israel
  • Urban History of Modern Palestine and Israel
  • Israeli Identity
  • Jewish Fundamentalism
  • Jewish Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Historiography
  • Hasidism and History of Hasidism



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