יונתן יהב- Yehonatan Yahav

יונתן יהב- Yehonatan Yahav

Email: yehonatan.yahav@mail.huji.ac.il

 

 

I am a PhD candidate in the department of Arabic Language and Literature in HU, working in the field of Islamic medieval thought. 

I live in Jerusalem, where I grew up, left a few times, only to return, and am married to Rotem and father to Maayan (whose sister is expected momentarily). 

My research focuses on the works of Ibn Qutayba al-Dīnawarī (d. 889 C.E), a 9th century literary master (adīb) and theologian who lived and worked in modern day Iraq and Iran.  

 

I am especially interested in the way Ibn Qutayba reacts to the advent and rising popularity of philosophy and speculative theology (kalām) among the intellectuals of his time. The story of his combative approach to the ideas spread through this popular intellectual wave, brings together politics, social issues of traditionalism and intellectualism along with theological controversies, in a fascinating way.

 

I hope that the study of Ibn Qutayba’s writing, which spans a wide range of fields (literature and poetry criticism, philology, history, and theology among others) in an integrative approach, may help to explain the historical origins of certain ideas and ideological movements in Islam as well as touch on universal philosophical issues which are related to the definition and value of knowledge in a historical context.

 

Since I started my B.A studies in Hebrew University in 2009, I have been active in various organizations focusing on Israeli-Palestinian relations here in Jerusalem and beyond.

During the past eight years, I have been teaching Hebrew to Arabic speakers in East Jerusalem, in schools and colleges, during which time I have learned a great deal from my students. Based on this experience, I hope to take part, and perhaps help develop Hebrew University’s programs with the neighboring village, Isawiya.