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Rachel Milstein

Prof. (emerita) Rachel Milstein, the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Studies of Islamic Civilization and Art History at the Hebrew University.

Specialization in Islamic art  (especially painting); Islamic numismatics.


Ph.D Dissertation

“Religious Painting of the Wailing Derwishes : ‘Tarjome-i Thewaqib’ Pierpont-Morgan Library, Ms. M466.” Thesis Submitted for the degree Doctor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, November 1979. The thesis was written under the supervision of Prof. Myriam Rosen-Ayalon, and was awarded summa cum laude in 1980. It has not been published.


Books :

  • Rachel Milstein Islamic Painting in the Israel Museum. (1984)  220 pages. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
  • Rachel Milstein. Miniature Painting in Ottoman Baghdad. (1990) 132 pages + plates, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa.
  • Rachel Milstein, K. Rührdanz and B. Schmitz, Stories of the Prophets – an Illustrated Group of Qisas al-Anbiya . (1999), 248 pages + illustrations, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa.
  • Rachel Milstein La Bible dans l’art islamique. (2005) 155 pp. + illustrations, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris.
  • (In preparation) Rachel Milstein. Poetics of Space: Perspectives in Arab and Persian Painting.



Fun Facts about Jerusalem

  • 874,000 residents
  • 2,000+ active archaeological sites
  • 50+ churches, 33 mosques, and 300 synagogues
  • 60+ museums
  • 1,500+ public parks and gardens
  • Some of the olive trees in Jerusalem are more than 800 years old.
  • There are more than 26 wineries in and around Jerusalem.
  • There are more than 50 Christian churches, 33 Muslim mosques, and 300 Jewish synagogues in the city.
  • Jerusalem hosts more than 30 annual festivals for everything from opera to film and from books to wine tasting, the most in all of Israel.
  • Jerusalem hosts Israel’s second-largest Pride parade, which draws more than 25,000 marchers.
  • Jerusalem has over 2,000 archeological sites.
  • There are 90 hotels in Jerusalem hosting over 9,000 hotel rooms.
  • There are over 6,000 species of plants in the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
  • Jerusalem has 1,578 public gardens and parks

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