Mark R. Cohen is The Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His teaching lies in the field of Jewish-Msulim relations and Jewish history in medieval Arab world. Cohen has also taught or lectured in Israel, Europe, Russia, Egypt, and the Emirate of Qatar. His books are: Jewish Self-Government in Medieval Egypt, 1980; Al-mujtama‘ al-yahudi fi Misr al-islamiyya fi al-‘usur al-wusta (Jewish Life in Medieval Egypt 641-1382), 1987; The Autobiography of a Seventeenth-Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena’s “Life of Judah,” 1988; Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages, 1994, new edition 2008, (which has been translated into Hebrew, Turkish, German, Arabic, and French, Romanian and soon, Spanish); Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt; and The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza, 2005. In 2010 he was the first recipient of Merrimack College’s Goldziher Prize for scholarship promoting better understanding between Jews and Muslims.