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2009 - Post-doctorate, Haifa University (Arabic language and literature)

2006 - Ph.D., SOAS (Study of Religions)

1994 - B.A., Tel-Aviv University (Arabic language and literature; History of the Middle East)


Academic appointments

2011- Aberdeen University, Divinity and Religious Studies (A lecturer in Islam)

2006-2011 - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Middle Eastern Studies (A teachign fellow)

2008-2009 - Haifa University, Department of Arabic Language and Literature (A post-doctoral fellow)

2006-2010 - Beit-Berl Academic College, Department of Arabic Language and Literature; Department of Education (A visiting lecturer)

2007 - The Open University, Department of the History of the Middle East (A course instructor)

2004-2005 - Haifa University, Department of Arabic Language and Literature (A visiting lecturer)

2001-2002 - SOAS, History Department (A teaching assistant)

2000 - St. Mary’s College, Surrey University (A visiting lecturer)


Research Interests

My reserach interests include

  • Early Qur'an, Sira and Hadith literature (in the broad sense)
  • The relations between the above and other religious and literary traditions (for example Jewish, Christian and Greek)
  • The relations between religious and folk literature

Current Research

My current research touches upon the following themes:

  • Literary paradigms within the Hadith and Sira literature
  • Stories of the Prophets in Islam
  • Demonology in Islam
  • Islam and ambivalence
  • Transmission of knowledge

Teaching Responsibilities

  • RS3010 The life of Muhammad — The biography of the Prophet of Islam analysed from a literary point of view, and confronted with various scholaraly approaches.
  • DR4543 Qur'an, DR552J Qur'an and Commentary — Various aspects of the Qur'an, its content, challenges, commentaries and approaches towards it - from the classical age to contemporary issues.
  • RS4509 The Muslim Jesus — The character and role in Islam of 'Isa son of Maryam, the image of his figure and that of the Prophet Muhammad, and a comparative view with the Christian image of Jesus.
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • I co-chair the Quran and Islamic Tradition in Comparative Perspective unit of the ISBL

Admin Responsibilities

  • I coordinate the interdisciplinary MLitt programme in Islamic Studies
  • I convene the research seminar in Religious Studies
  • I serve as an advisor for under-grad students

Selected Publications

  • Hadromi-Allouche, Z.S. "The death and life of the Devil's son: A literary analysis of a neglected traditio." Studia Islamica, 107, 2012, pp. 157-183.
  • Abbou-Hershkovits, K. & Z.S. Hadromi-Allouche. "Divine Doctors: The Construction of the Image of three Greek Physicians in Islamic Biographical Dictionaries of Physicians". Revista Al-Qantara, XXXIV(1), 2013, pp. 35-63.
  •  Hadromi-Allouche, Zohar. “Creating Eve: feminine fertility in medieval Islamic narratives of Eve and Adam.” In Greene, John T. & Mishael M. Caspi, eds . In the Arms of Biblical Women. Gorgias Press, 2013, pp. 35-72.


Recent conference presentations

  • “Between the milk and the froth: Demons, food and health in the Muslim tradition.” Demons and Illness: Theory and Practice from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, University of Exeter, 2013.
  • “The bright side of Eve: Positive representations of Eve and the construction of the feminine archetype in the Muslim tradition.” The 48th International Medieval Congress, University of West Michigan in Kalamazoo, 2013.
  • “The Prophetess Eve: An Islamic Perspective of the First Woman.” Second Sight and Prophecy. Aberdeen, 2013.
  • “Idr?s: An Ambivalent Islamic Prophet”. SBL, The SBL International Meeting 2013, St Andrews University, 2013 (with Keren Abbou-Hershkovitz).

Doctoral supervision

Supervision is offered on the following areas, amongst others:

Islamic Sources

Supervision is offered in the study of primary Islamic sources:

  • Qur'an and Tafsir (commentary)
  • Hadith (Prophetic tradition)
  • Sira (Prophetic biography)
  • Related genres.


Universal Themes in Islam

Supervision is offered in the study of such themes as

  • Islam and ambivalence
  • Islamic demonology
  • Literary paradigms in Islamic sources
  • Interfaith/ intercultural parallels (e.g., stories of the prophets genre, transcultural literature).

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