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Bart Wallet is assistant professor in political and religious history at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He serves as a director of the HDC Centre for Religious History at the same university. Moreover, he also lectures in Jewish and Middle Eastern history at the University of Amsterdam. He is specialized in the history and culture of Dutch Jewry, with a PhD dissertation on early modern Yiddish historiography from Amsterdam. He published monographs on the integration of Jews into nineteenth-century Dutch society, the Zeeburg Jewish cemetery, Christianity and antisemitism and the post-war reconstruction of Dutch Jewry.

Wallet previously lectured Jewish history at KU Leuven and has hold a fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Part of his training he received at the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

As a director of Vrije Universiteit's HDC he stimulates and initiates research into modern Dutch religious history, organizes conferences and study days on academically challenging and/or societally urgent topics, serves on the editorial board of the journal Trajecta: Religious, Culture and Society in the Low Countries (Amsterdam University Press) and is the editor-in-chief of the Passage series at Verloren Publishing Hilversum. 


Research Interests

History and Culture of Dutch Jewry

Western Yiddish and multilingualism of West-European Jews

Modern Religious History and Cross-Religious Concepts

Contested Religious Rites and Processes of Secularization

Antisemitism and Jewish-Gentile Relations

European Perceptions of the Modern Middle East and the Holy Land

Diplomatic Histories of Dutch-Israeli Relations


Research Projects

Minhag Europa. Digital Approaches to Jewish Prayer Books, 1500-present [in initial stages, initiated with Professor Irene Zwiep of the University of Amsterdam]

Abraham Kuyper and the Jews



BA Amsterdam Jewish Culture

BA Vijfde macht? Politiek en media, 1750-heden

BA Religiegeschiedenis

BA scriptiecolloquium geschiedenis

MA Christianity and Antisemitism

Tutorials on Jewish History, Religious History and Middle Eastern History


Ancilliary Positions

Director of HDC Centre for Dutch Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Co-Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Amsterdam


  • D History General and Old World
  • Jewish History
  • Religious History
  • Yiddish
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Hebrew
  • Amsterdam


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