Meir Shahar

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Meir Shahar (Hebrew: מאיר שחר, born in 1959 in Jerusalem, Israel) is a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University.

After studying at the University of Jerusalem, he studied Chinese in Taipei. He obtained a PhD in Asian languages and civilizations at Harvard University in 1992.

His current research focuses on interactions between Chinese religions, the Chinese literature, and Chinese martial arts.


  • The Shaolin Monastery: History, Religion and the Chinese Martial Arts, 2008, The University of Hawai'i Press.
  • Wu Cheng'en, translation Meir Shahar, Monkey and the Magic Gourd. (Hebrew)
  • Crazy Ji: Chinese Religion and Popular Literature, Harvard University Asia Center, 1998
  • The Chinese Religion ("Ha-Dat ha-Sinit"), The Broadcast University Series Press, 1998. (Hebrew)
  • with Robert Weller, Unruly Gods: Divinity and Society in China, University of Hawai'i Press, 1996.

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