Norman Stillman

Professor, Schusterman/Josey Chair in Judaic History Emeritus

Professor Stillman has directed the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma since the program began. He has written many books and articles, ranging from studies of the Jews of Sefrou, a small city in Morocco, to broader studies on North African history and languages. Such work has led to his involvement with INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris. Over the last quarter century, he has focused his scholarship on Jewish-Arab encounters in Arab lands, and he is currently finishing a book on Jews in North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recently, he also brought to publication one of the late Yedida Stillman’s two unfinished books, Arab Dress: A Short History from the Dawn of Islam to Modern Times and is at work on the other unfinished project, a massive encyclopedia of Arab dress. He has given lectures and conference papers all over the world and is currently editor-in-chief of what will become a five volume reference work comprised of over 2,500 entries titled Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. He received the Distinguished Humanist Award for the year 2000 from Ohio State University. Professor Stillman offers a wide variety of courses that are cross-cultural, cross-national, even cross-continental, including a new offering, “Jews under Islam.” Professor Stillman received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.