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Dr Krisztina Szilágyi

Affiliated Researcher


Krisztina Szilágyi's main research interest lies in the premodern interactions between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. In her dissertation and publications, she argues that medieval Jews, Christians, and Muslims often knew each other's religion and culture well, sometimes in surprising depth and detail. Examples she studied include medieval Christian Arabic and Syriac polemical treatises responding to the rise of Islam, fragments of Christian and Muslim manuscripts from the genizot of Cairo, and Judaeo-Arabic genizah fragments from the writings of a medieval Jewish philosopher from Toledo, Abraham Ibn Daud (ca. 1110–1180). She holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Prior to arriving in Cambridge, she had also studied in Budapest, Damascus, and Jerusalem.


"A Fragment of a Book of Physics from the David Kaufmann Genizah Collection (Budapest) and the Identity of Ibn Daud with Avendauth," Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism 16 (2016): 11-31. (open)

"A Fragment of a Composition on Physics by Abraham Ibn Daud in Judeo-Arabic: An Edition of the Text," ibid. (with Y. Tzvi Langermann), pp. 33-38. (open)

"Non-Islamic Arabic Books Printed in the Middle East," in Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, Cengage Learning (EMEA) Ltd, 2016. (open)

"Christian Learning about Islam in the Early ʿAbbāsid Caliphate: The Muslim Sources of the Disputation of the Monk Abraham of Tiberias," in J. Scheiner and D. Janos (eds.), The Place to Go: Contexts of Learning in Baghdād, 750-1000 C.E. (Princeton, N.J.: Darwin Press, 2014), pp. 267-342. Reprinted in 2021 (Berlin: Gerlach Press). (open)

"Chapter Three: The Disputation of the Monk Abraham of Tiberias," in S. Noble and A. Treiger (eds.), The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700-1700): An Anthology of Sources (DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014), pp. 90-111, pp. 300-308. (open)

"A Prophet like Jesus? The First Christian Polemical Narratives of Muhammad's Death and Their Muslim Sources," Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 36 (2009): 131-171. (open)

"Muhammad and the Monk: The Making of the Christian Baḥīrā Legend," Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 34 (2008): 169-214. (open)

"Christian Books in Jewish Libraries: Fragments of Christian Arabic Writings from the Cairo Genizah," Ginzei Qedem 2 (2006): 107-162. (open)

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