Bilha Moor

Bilha Moor

Assistant Professor

Art History—Islamic

Professional Biography

Bilha Moor is Assistant Professor of Islamic art history. Her PhD was awarded at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research concentrates on Islamic figurative painting, mainly illustrated manuscripts ca. 1300-1700, and on early Islamic Arabic inscriptions in architectural, historical, and religious contexts. Bilha’s studies have produced articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. At present, she is writing a book, tentatively titled “The World in Muslim Eyes: Illustrated Cosmographies 1550-1700”. Bilha teaches classes on over a thousand years of art, architecture, and material culture in the Islamic lands, from Spain in the west to India in the east. Formerly, she was the Mellon postdoctoral fellow of Islamic art and architecture at Northwestern University, a Rothschild postdoctoral fellow at SOAS (University of London), and a research associate with the Shahnama Project at the University of Cambridge. She taught classes in Islamic art history and Arabic literature at Northwestern University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Haifa.


  • Ph.D., Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (Islamic art), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011
  • MA, Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa, 2003
  • BA, Art History and Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Renaissance Society of America
  • College Art Association