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Prof. Victor Azarya




Birth Place , Date : 1 March 1946 in Istanbul to Lusi and Emil Azarya

Marital Status : Married to Mirey Azarya, has 2 children and 7 grandchildren

Lives in Talpiot, Jerusalem

Education :

Primary Education : Sisli Terakki Lisesi, Nisantasi, 1952-57

Secondary Education : College St Michel, Istanbul, 1957-60

High School Education : Robert College, Istanbul, 1960-64

Social Activities while in Istanbul: Member and then part of the Directorate of two Jewish Youth Organizations; namely “ Kardeslik” and “Arkadaslik Yurdu”,


In 1964 came to Israel to study as a foreign student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

B.A: Sociology and Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1964-1968

M.A: African Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1968-70.

Ph.D: Sociology, University of Chicago, USA, 1970-73.


Prof. Azarya returned to Israel in 1973, made Aliya officially, and was appointed as Faculty Member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He remained an active member of the faculty until his retirement in 2006.

1974-75 Active duty in the artillery corps of the Israeli Defense Forces. Licensed tank driver.

1978-79: Visiting Professor inthe Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

1985-86: Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1986-87: Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

1987-91: Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1991: Awarded the Rose Isaacs Chair in Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since his retirement holds the title of Rose Isaacs Professor Emeritus in Sociology

1994-95: Visiting Scholar at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan

1995-96: Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Center, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

2001-02: Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

In 2003 elected President of the Israeli Sociological Society and served until 2006.


During his academic career, Victor Azarya also served in various Israeli and International Research Institutes and Research Funds, performing various functions in the Israeli and international academic scene.

From 1976 to 2012, he was a Fellow of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

From 1987 to 2007, he was Academic Committee member of the above-mentioned Truman Institute. He also served as Chairperson of the Publications Committee and of the Library Committee of the Truman Institute.

In 1991-94, he was the Director of the Shaine Center for Research in Social Sciences and of the Harvey Silbert Center for Israel Studies at the Hebrew University.

In 1980-85, he was advisor in Sociology and Anthropology at the United States-Israel Bi-National Fund

In 1983-85, he was a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Religious Cults in Israel

In 1983-2003, he was advisor in Sociology and Anthropology at the Israel Foundation Trustees (Ford Foundation)

In 1991-2003, he was member and Rotating Chairperson of the Netherlands-Israel Research Program (NIRP)

In 2008-09, he was a member of the International Committee Evaluating Behavioral Sciences Programs in Israel for the Israeli Council of Higher Education.


Prof. Azarya's professional fields of interest have included mainly African and Asian countries as well as ethnic and religious communities in Jerusalem (particularly the Armenian Quarter), ethnicity and conflict management and civil military relations in the Israeli Armed Forces. To collect data for his PhD dissertation he lived several months among the Fulbe people of North Cameroon and since then he has maintained a special interest in nomadic pastoral people. He has participated in conferences and given lectures all over the world. After his retirement, he continued to go regularly to his office at the Hebrew University and has continued his research activities. In recent years, he has focused his attentionon the impact of international tourism on globalization and marginality. During his tenure as President of the Israeli Sociological Society,he also investigated the practice of sociology within and outside Israeli Academia. He published an article on this subject and, as mentioned above, he served as advisor to the Israeli Council of Higher Education (Ha-Moatsa le HaskalaGvohaa) on behavioral studies programs in Israeli colleges and universities. He, occasionally, also served as advisor to the Behavioral Studies Division in the Israeli Defense Forces (Tsahal).




Works, publications:

His many articles have been published by the University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, Sage Publications and E.I. Brill among others.




Institutions established or supported:

Israeli Sociological Society, Israeli Council of Higher Education, Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University




Additional Interesting Points:

Prof. Azarya speaks English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Turkish.

He has visited 100 different countries in seven continents.




Outstanding and Permanent Contribution:

During his academic career and a later on in his retirement, Prof Azarya has had a vast contribution to Israel and the World, in the fields of sociology, anthropology and higher education thanks to his research activities, teachings, publications and conferences .

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