Yaron Tsur is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Jewish History and the former Chair of the Department of Jewish History (2007) and Head of the doctoral program in Jewish Studies (2008-2010) at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the history of Jewish communities in Islamic lands in the modern era. Professor Tsur took part in creating the Open University of Israel in 1975 and was a member of the academic staff until 2005. He is the founder of the Historical Jewish Press website. Professor Tsur received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1988).