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Dror Weil joined the department in 2019 as a lecturer in History of Asia, pre-1750. His research has focused on movements of texts, theories and techniques across Asia, and in particular exchanges between the Islamicate world and China, 13th-18th centuries. He has explored the intersection of religious texts and scientific theories through the prisms of scholarly practices and translation of Arabic and Persian texts in China.

He received his BA from Tel Aviv University, MA in History from Taiwan’s National Chengchi University, MA in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. His PhD, supervised by Professor Benjamin A. Elman and Michael A. Cook, was awarded from Princeton University in 2016.He held postdoctoral fellowships at Tel Aviv University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin between 2016-2019.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Late Imperial China; Mongol Empire; Early Modern Asia
  • Intellectual History of the Islamicate World; Textual History of the Islamicate world and the Persiante world.
  • History of Knowledge; History of Medicine in Asia; Cross-Asian Movement of Scientific Knowledge.
  • Islam in China; Chinese Jews
  • History of the Book

I welcome PhD applications from research students working on any area of medieval, early modern and modern Asian history, including those interested in late imperial China, Islam and Judaism in Asia, cross-Asian movements of knowledge and history of medicine in Asia.

Selected publications

  • "The Fourteenth-Century Transformation in China's Reception of Arabo-Persian Astronomy," in Patrick Manning and Abigail Owen (eds.) Knowledge in Translation: Global Patterns of Scientific Exchange, 1000-1800 CE (Pittsburg: Pittsburg University Press, 2018), 345-370 
  • "Islamicated China - China's Participation in the Islamicate Book Culture during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries," in "Histories of Books in the Islamicate World. Part I," ed. Sabine Schmidtke et al., special issue, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 4, No. 1-2 (Jan. 2016), 36-60.