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| birth_place = Haifa, Mandatory Palestine| death_date = | death_place = | death_cause = | resting_place = | resting_place_coordinates = | other_names = | pronounce =| residence = | citizenship = | nationality = Israeli| fields = History| workplaces = Bar-Ilan UniversityHebrew University of Jerusalem| patrons = | education = | alma_mater = Hebrew University of Jerusalem| thesis_title = | thesis_url = | thesis_year = | doctoral_advisor = David Ayalon| academic_advisors = | doctoral_students = | notable_students = | known_for = History of Islam| influences = | influenced = | awards = | author_abbrev_bot = | author_abbrev_zoo = | spouse = | partner = | children = | signature = | signature_alt = | website = | footnotes = }}Moshe Sharon (; born December 18, 1937) is an Israeli historian of Islam who has been called "Israel's greatest Middle East scholar."NEWS, Eydar, Dror, July 1, 2016, We got what we wanted,weblink Israel Hayom, September 28, 2016, He is currently Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he serves as Chair in Bahá'í Studies.WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, September 28, 2016, WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Faculty of Humanities, Chair in Baha'i Studies, September 28, 2016,

Background and education

Sharon was born in Haifa in 1937. He joined the faculty of Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1965 and would go on to earn a Ph.D. at the same institution in 1971. He served as an Arab Affairs adviser to Prime Minister Menachem Begin and served in the Ministry of Defense, during which took part in the negotiations for peace with Egypt. Sharon established the Centre of Jewish Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, which he directed while serving as director of the World Zionist Organization branch in Johannesburg.WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, September 28, 2016, In 1999 he was appointed to the chair of Bahá'í Studies at Hebrew University.WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Faculty of Humanities, Chair in Baha'i Studies, September 28, 2016, Sharon serves as a policy expert for the Ariel Center for Policy Research.WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, Ariel Center for Policy Research, September 28, 2016, He and his wife, Judy, have six children.WEB,weblink Moshe Sharon, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, September 28, 2016,

Research interests

Moshe Sharon has written about early Islamic history and the development of Shia Islam. He is a specialist in Arabic epigraphy and papyrology, with his opus being Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae. In 2005 he published the first translation into Hebrew of Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the holy book of the Bahá'í faith, and included a study of the history and theology of the religion.

Views

Moshe Sharon has given many presentations at international conferences and been interviewed by numerous media outlets on a variety of contemporary and historical topics.

Bahá'í Faith

Moshe Sharon is interviewed in the 2007 Israeli documentary film, "Bahais in My Backyard."AV MEDIA, 2007, Bahais in My Backyard, A Belfilms Production, Hebrew, English,weblink September 28, 2016, 12 minutes, 10 seconds, Israel, firsthandfilms.com, WEB, Schory, Noemi, Producer's Statement, Bahais in My Backyard, A Belfilms Production, firsthandfilms.com, April 17, 2010,weblink September 28, 2016, In the interview he states that the only Bahá'í academic chair in the world is in Israel due to his efforts in convincing Hebrew University to establish one and his efforts in finding a benefactor to fund the position. He also says that there are no descendants of Bahá'u'lláh in Israel.AV MEDIA, 2007, Bahais in My Backyard, A Belfilms Production, Hebrew, English,weblink September 28, 2016, 12 minutes, 10 seconds, Israel, firsthandfilms.com, Despite Sharon's denial of the existence of such relatives, there are, in fact, dozens, and one of Bahá'u'lláh's great-granddaughters is featured in the film.AV MEDIA, 2007, Bahais in My Backyard, A Belfilms Production, Hebrew, English,weblink September 28, 2016, 13 minutes, 50 seconds, Israel, firsthandfilms.com, BOOK, Behai, Shua Ullah, Shua Ullah Behai, Bahai, Negar, Stetson, Eric, December 5, 2014, A Lost History of the Baha'i Faith: The Progressive Tradition of Baha'u'llah's Forgotten Family, A Lost History of the Baha’i Faith: Foreword by Maliha and Negar Bahai,weblink Vox Humri Media, 978-0692331354, Furthermore, even at the time of the interview, there were other Bahá'í academic chairs in existence, such as the ones established at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, a state university in Madhya Pradesh in 1991 and at the University of Maryland in 1993.WEB,weblink Baha’I Chair for Studies in Development, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, September 28, 2016, WEB,weblink Bahai Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, September 28, 2016,

Islam

Moshe Sharon believes that Western leaders fail to understand Islam.NEWS, Lappin, Yaakov, September 6, 2014, Expert: No peace with Muslims, ever,weblink Yedioth Ahronoth, September 28, 2016, He says that "There is no fundamental Islam. There is only Islam full stop."WEB, Sharon, Moshe, December 24, 2003, The Agenda of Islam - A War Between Civilizations,weblink Betar UK, September 28, 2016, Citing the conflict in Yugoslavia, Sharon continues that "Wherever you have Islam, you will have war. It grows out of the attitude of Islamic civilization."WEB, Sharon, Moshe, December 24, 2003, The Agenda of Islam - A War Between Civilizations,weblink Betar UK, September 28, 2016, He furthermore argues that not only is there "open war, but there's also war by infiltration."WEB, Sharon, Moshe, December 24, 2003, The Agenda of Islam - A War Between Civilizations,weblink Betar UK, September 28, 2016,

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Regarding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Moshe Sharon has said that there is "no possibility of peace between Israel and the Palestinians whatsoever, for ever" and that peace agreements with Arabs are "pieces of paper, parts of tactics, strategies... with no meaning."NEWS, Lappin, Yaakov, September 6, 2014, Expert: No peace with Muslims, ever,weblink Yedioth Ahronoth, September 28, 2016, NEWS, HaLevi, Ezra, September 6, 2015, Islamic History Expert: Muslim Peace with Israel? Never!,weblink Arutz Sheva, September 28, 2016, He opposed the Oslo peace accords and believes the dismantling the Israeli settlements, which he terms "expulsions," serve to "increase the appetite of the other side and only achieve the killing of Jews."NEWS, Baruch, Hezki, July 27, 2015, Expert: Israeli Leaders Haven't Learned from Gush Katif, Arutz Sheva,

Iran

Moshe Sharon said in an interview that "The only way to avoid military confrontation with Iran is to leave this military confrontation to powers bigger than Israel."NEWS, Lappin, Yaakov, September 6, 2014, Expert: No peace with Muslims, ever,weblink Yedioth Ahronoth, September 28, 2016,

Books

  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Interaction and Conflict, 1989
  • Revolt: The Social and Military Aspects of the Abbasid Revolution: Black Banners from the East II, 1990
  • Judaism in the Context of Diverse Civilizations, 1993
  • Editor, The Holy Land in History and Thought: Papers Submitted to the International Conference on the Relations Between the Holy Land and the World Outside It, 1997
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, A, 1,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 1997, BRILL, 90-04-10833-5,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, B-C, 2,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 1999, BRILL, 90-04-11083-6,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, D-F, 3,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 2004, BRILL, 90-04-13197-3,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, Addendum,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 2007, BRILL, 978-90-04-15780-4,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, G,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 2009, 4, BRILL, 90-04-17085-5,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, H-I,weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 2013, 5, BRILL, 90-04-25097-2,
  • BOOK, Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, J (I),weblink Moshe, Sharon, Moshe Sharon, 2016, 6, BRILL, 90-04-32479-8,
  • Studies in Modern Religions, Religious Movements and the Babi-Baha'i Faiths, 2004

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