Dr. Nadia Vidro is a postdoctoral research associate in the project “Karaite and Rabbanite calendars: Origins, Interaction, and Polemic”, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. 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).
Dr. Nadia Vidro’s primary research interests are Hebrew manuscripts and Jewish intellectual history. Her research at UCL focuses on the history of the Jewish calendar. In her current project, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and led by Prof. Sacha Stern (UCL) and Prof. Ronny Vollandt (LMU), Dr. Vidro investigates the origins of the Karaite calendar, and studies the calendar disagreement between Karaites and Rabbanites, its significances on each side of the debate, and its polemical uses. This research also reflects on how people run their lives with different timeframes and calendars, and on the impact this exerts upon the sense of social belonging and identity.
Dr. Vidro’s additional research interest is the history of grammar, including the Karaite tradition of Biblical Hebrew grammar and the transmission of grammatical knowledge between the Jewish and the Muslim cultures.
Her book publications inclulde:
- Verbal Morphology in the Karaite Treatise on Hebrew Grammar Kitab al-Uqud fi Tasarif al-Lugha al-Ibraniyya (Brill, 2011)
- A Medieval Karaite Pedagogical Grammar of Hebrew: a critical edition and English translation of Kitab al-Uqud fi Tasarif al-Lugha al-Ibraniyya (Brill, 2013)