Prof. Nurit Stadler

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Room 4627, Social Sciences
Head of Department


Nurit Stadler is a professor at the Sociology and Anthropology department, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include fundamentalism, the Ultra-orthodox community, Greek-Orthodox and Roman Catholic rituals in Jerusalem, text-based communities, the veneration of Mary in Israel/Palestine, and the study of female saint shrines, sacred nature and sacred iconography.

Stadler is the author of three books: Yeshiva Fundamentalism: Piety, Gender and Resistance in the Ultra-Orthodox World published with New York University Press, in 2008. This book is an analysis of the reconstruction of masculine in the fundamentalist world as a result of the challenges of modernity. It addresses these questions through an investigation of the redefinition of the family, work, the army and civil society in the Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva world in Israel. Stadler is also the author of A Well-Worn Tallis for a New Ceremony (2012) with Academic Studies Press (Brighton, MA). In this book she explored new aspects of voluntarism, citizenship, family life and the concept of freedom in the ultraorthodox culture today. Her third book Voices of the Ritual (Oxford University Press 2020) analyzes the revival of and manifestation of rituals at female saint shrines in the Holy Land.

Since 2012 she is involved with the project on sacred shrines in Israel/Palestine.  In this project she study various aspect of pilgrimage and veneration of sacred shrines, especially female shrines. Her comparative study of these shrines opens a set of questions about the centrality of fertility cults and female landscape at the age of modernity and technology of reproduction.

Stadler is directing an Ethnographic Lab on issues of religion, sacredness, politics, borders and the nation state. In this, project students and researchers from around the world participate in studying and comparing ethnographies of sacred places. 

Stadler is currently supervising the following PhD students:  Eliran Arazi, Co-Supervised with Prof. Philippe Descola, chair of anthropology at the College de France Paris, on the Colombian Amazonian Tribes. Jusmeet Sing Sihra, Co-Supervised with Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot, Science Po and CNRS, Paris, France. On segregation and urban spaces in the case of the Dalits in Ajmer, India. Omer Hacker, Co-Supervised with Prof. Simon Coleman, University of Toronto.  Om religious time in office hours: The effects of high-tech working time on religious schedules. Bat-Sheva Hass, Co-Supervised with Prof. Tamar Elor. On the question: Is being Dutch enough? Women’s conversion to Islam and the politics of belongings and identity. And, Lydia Ginzburg, Co-Supervised with Prof. Angelica Tumala, Edinburgh University, U.K. On aspects of professionalization and translation, the Emergence of Philosophical Practice Field: Ethics, Knowledge and Practice