Contact details


Telephone number: 01865 284268

Role: Professorial Fellow


Prof Anna Abulafia


I am the Chair of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. I was an Affiliated College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History in Newnham College, Cambridge 2013-15 and Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge since 1990, where I was Graduate Tutor (1992 - 6), Senior Tutor (1996 - 2002) and Vice-President (2002 - 2010).

Research interests

The main focus of my research is medieval Christian-Jewish relations within the broad context of twelfth and thirteenth-century theological and ecclesiastical developments. At the moment I am engaged in a project examining the place of Jews and Muslims in Gratian’s Decretum and its glosses.


I run undergraduate lecture courses on ‘Theology of the Crusades’ and ‘The Jews of medieval Ashkenaz and Sepharad’ and graduate classes on inter-religious polemics in the Abrahamic Religions. I am the Course Coordinator of the MSt in the Study of Religions


  • Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (1995, paperback 2014).
  • Christians and Jews in Dispute. Disputational Literature and the Rise of Anti-Judaism in the West (c. 1000-1150) (1998).
  • Editor of Religious Violence between Christians and Jews: medieval roots, modern perspectives (2002).
  • Christian-Jewish relations, 1000-1300. Jews in the service of medieval Christendom (2011).