I have recently completed the development of "Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empire," an online course (a Massive Open Online Course) on the history of the Middle East, 7th - 15th centuries. I teamed with TAU Online – Learning Innovation Center, and the course is now on the edX platform (Harvard and MIT). The process of development was a fascinating cracking of the integration of innovative content and teaching forms. Teaching a course to thousands of people worldwide was an exciting experience, especially the interaction I had with hundreds of Muslim learners from the Morocco to Egypt, Iran, and Indonesia.
I have published three books so far. Islam: A Brief Introduction (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, The Publishing House and Mapa Publishing House, 2006) is intended for the general public. In 2009, I published Ottoman Medicine: Healing and Medical Institutions 1500-1700 (State University of New York Press). The Turkish edition was published in 2014 by Kitap in Istanbul. Another book in Hebrew, Knowledge, Science and Technology in the Ottoman Empire was written in 2015 for the course "The Ottoman Empire: Selected Issues" of the Open University. This book is the product of research on how Ottomans thought of- and "did" science and technology. The full study was published by University of Texas Press in 2015 as Science among the Ottomans: The Cultural Creation and Exchange of Knowledge,
In the spring of 2013, a series of lectures was broadcast on sick health and death in Muslim societies within the framework of the "Broadcast University" in Galatz.
In the last two years I have been involved in two projects. One project focuses on intersections that link the natural environment to a sense of human well-being in the Ottoman world. In the context of environmental history, I co-founded the Israeli Forum on the History of the Environment, together with Dr. David Schorr (Law, Tel Aviv University) and Dr. Yaron Baleslav (postdoctoral fellow at Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Institute). The second research project follows the involvement of Osman officials in scientific and technological work. It shows the change from patterns of elite personal patronage of scholarship as was customary in the Middle Ages to a more bureaucratic framework that is not based on personal connections.