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Dr Nadia Vidro
Foster Court
Malet Place
Tel: 020 7679 3591
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Hebrew & Jewish Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Dr. Nadia Vidro is a postdoctoral research associate in an ERC-funded project "Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: standardization and fixation" (PI: Prof. Sacha Stern). She holds a PhD in Hebrew Studies from Cambridge (2009), an MA in Jewish Studies (major), Islamic Studies (minor) and General Linguistics (minor) from the University of Cologne (2004) and a Diploma in Bio-physics from the Saratov State University, Russia (2000).

Research Summary

Nadia Vidro's primary research interests are Hebrew manuscripts and Jewish intellectual history.

From October 2013 Nadia works on Jewish calendar cycles in medieval manuscripts. This research is part of an ERC-funded project "Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: standardization and fixation", led by Prof. Sacha Stern.

Before joining UCL Nadia Vidro studied and worked in the University of Cambridge (2005-2013), where she specialized in the history of Hebrew linguistics, looking at grammatical manuscripts from the Karaite school of Hebrew linguistics, which have only recently become accessible. In addition, she worked in the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library, cataloging literary fragments in the areas of grammar, Masora and calendar.
Nadia Vidro's research on the Karaite grammatical tradition centered around an unpublished Karaite grammar of Biblical Hebrew Kitāb al-ʿUqūd fī Taṣārīf al-Luġa al-ʿIbrāniyya (The Book of Rules regarding the Grammatical Inflections of the Hebrew Language). This is a pedagogical grammar that contains one of the most complete Karaite accounts of the verbal system of Biblical Hebrew, based on a characteristically Karaite method of verbal classification. Dr. Vidro reconstructed the Judaeo-Arabic text of Kitāb al-ʿUqūd and examined approaches to the verbal classification and derivation reflected in Karaite works on Biblical Hebrew verbal morphology. This comparative study enabled her to fully describe the so-called ‘method of symbols’, a unique technique for classifying Hebrew verbs devised by medieval Karaites, who did not operate with the notion of verbal stems. Moreover, she investigated didactic tools used in Karaite pedagogical grammars, adding a new dimension to the research literature on medieval Jewish education in the field of Biblical Hebrew grammar that was hitherto limited to listing Hebrew grammatical works on medieval curricula.

This research yielded two books:
1) an analytical study of Kitāb al-ʿUqūd: Vidro, N., 2011, Verbal Morphology in the Karaite Treatise on Hebrew Grammar Kitāb al-ʿUqūd fī Taṣārīf al-Luġa al-ʿIbrāniyya, Leiden/Boston; volume 2 in the Cambridge Genizah Studies Series;

2) a critical edition and English translation of the grammar: Vidro, N., 2013, A Medieval Karaite Pedagogical Grammar of Hebrew: a critical edition and English translation of Kitāb al-ʿUqūd fī Taṣārīf al-Luġa al-ʿIbrāniyya, Leiden/Boston; volume 6 in the Cambridge Genizah Studies Series.

Nadia Vidro's further research project, which she carries out in cooperation with Dr. Almog Kasher, Bar-Ilan University, is looking at the transmission of grammatical knowledge between the Jewish and the Muslim cultures. The main focus of this project is on Classical Arabic grammars preserved in Judaeo-Arabic.

Teaching Summary

Nadia teaches Hebrew, Judaeo-Arabic and courses on the Cairo Genizah

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Hebrew University of Cambridge
2004 MA Master of Arts – Hebrew and Jewish Studies Universitat Koln
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