Ohad Kayam


Linacre College


DPhil Oriental Studies

Thesis Title:

Topics in Qurʾānic syntax and rhyme


Professor Nicolai Sinai




Educational Background:

MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Arabic Language and Literature

BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Arabic Language and Literature and Department of the Hebrew Language


Professional Experience Highlights:

Research assistant, Hebrew University; Bar Ilan University

  • ISF research project on intra-Qurʾānic parallels lead by Dr Joseph Witztum
  • Critical edition of Ibn al-Anbārī’s Mīzān al-ʿArabiyya: Arik Sadan and Almog Kasher, A Critical Edition of the Grammatical Treatise Mīzān al-ʿarabiyya by Ibn al-ʾAnbārī (d. 577/1181), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018
  • Introductory book on Islam (in Hebrew): Meir M. Bar-Asher and Meir Hatina (eds.), Islam: History, Religion, Culture, Jerusalem: Magnes, 2017
  • Arabic–Hebrew Dictionary by Professor Menahem Milson (https://arabdictionary.huji.ac.il/)

Instructor, Hebrew University; Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

  • Intermediate Arabic Immersion (intensive summer course)
  • Elementary Arabic Immersion (intensive summer course)
  • Modernes Hebräisch 1
  • Introduction to Linguistics: Tutorial

Teaching assistant, Shalem College, Jerusalem

  • Classical Islamic Genres I: Qurʾān, Ḥadīth and Fiqh (taught by Professor Yohanan Friedmann)


Research Interests:

  • Arabic grammar
  • Qurʾānic exegesis
  • Qurʾānic rhyme
  • Linguistics and Semitic languages
  • Arabic dialects and dialectology


Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

  • Wa-kāna llāhu ʿalīman ḥakīmā: kāna-sentences and Qurʾānic rhyme”, Zeitschrift für arabische Linguistik 71 (2020), 57–83. (Link)
Ohad Kayam