Bilha Moor

Bilha Moor

Assistant Professor

Art History—Islamic

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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”. At the University of Denver, 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

Featured Publications

Moor, Bilha. “Shah 'Abbas I, The Safavid Concourse Of The Birds, And The Reception Of Ming One Hundred Birds Compositions In Persian Painting.” Artibus Asiae 82, no. 1, (2022): 51–99.
Moor, Bilha. “Mosque And Church: Arabic Inscriptions At Shivta In The Early Islamic Period.” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (JSAI) 40, (2013): 73-141.
Moor, Bilha. “The Jew, The Orthodox Christian, And The European In Ottoman Eyes Ca. 1550-1700.” In Disliking Others: Loathing Hostility And Distrust In Pre Modern Ottoman Lands. edited by Hakan T. Karateke, H. Erdem Cipa, and Helga Anteshofer. 75-106 Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press. 2018.
Moor, Bilha. “Shahnama Kings And Heroes In 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat Illustrated Manuscripts.” In Shahnama Studies Ii. The Reception Of Firdausi's Shahnama. edited by Charles Melville and Gabrielle van den Berg. 267-80, and plates 23-26 Leiden: Brill. 2012.
Moor, Bilha, and Rachel Milstein. “Wonders Of A Changing World: Late Illustrated 'Aja'ib Manuscripts.” Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam (JSAI) 32, (2006): 1-48.
Moor, Bilha, and Efim A. Rezvan. “Al-Qazwini's 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat Wa Ghara'ib Al-Mawjudat: Manuscript D370.” Manuscripta Orientalia 8, no. 4, (2002): 38-68.
Moor, Bilha. “Popular Medicine, Divination, And Holy Geography: Sixteenth-Century Illustrations To Tusi's 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat.” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: PhD dissertation. 2010.


Moor, Bilha. “Shah 'Abbas And The "Concourse Of The Birds": New Reading For A Famous Persian Painting” The Renaissance Society Of America (Rsa) 68Th Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2022.
Moor, Bilha. “Fauna Of The New World In Ottoman Painting” The Sixteenth Century Society And Conference (Scsc) Annual Meeting 2021, San Diego, 2021.
Moor, Bilha. “Ottoman Cosmographies Between Islamic Manuscripts And European Printed Books, 1550-1600.” The Renaissance Society Of America (Rsa) 65Th Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, RSA, 2019.
Moor, Bilha. “The Jew And The European In Ottoman Eyes Ca. 1550-1700” Xenophobia And Alterophobia In Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands Symposium, University of Chicago, University of Chicago, 2015.
Moor, Bilha. “New Studies In Islamic Painting- Introduction” New Studies In Islamic Painting. Organizer Of A Two-Day International Symposium At Northwestern University, Dept. Of Art History, And The Art Institute Of Chicago , Northwestern University and The Art Institute of Chicago, 2016.
Moor, Bilha. “Popular Medicine And Sacred Geography: 16Th-Century Illustrations To Tusi's 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat” Research Seminar In Islamic Art And Architecture, SOAS, University of London, 2014.
Moor, Bilha. “Mosque And Church: Arabic Inscriptions At Shivta In The Early Islamic Period” The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 2014.
Moor, Bilha. “The Shape Of The World In Illustrated 'Aja'ib Manuscripts” World Congress Of Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, Spain, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, 2010.
Moor, Bilha. “Shahnama Heroes In 'Aja'ib Al-Makhluqat Illustrated Manuscripts” The Reception Of The Shahnama Ii, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 2009.