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David Samuel Harvard Abulafia (born 12 December 1949, Twickenhammarker, Englandmarker) has been Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridgemarker since 2000 and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridgemarker since 1974.

Abulafia comes from a very old Sephardic family that left Spainmarker for Galilee around 1492 and lived for many generations in Tiberiasmarker. His wife Anna Sapir Abulafia is a noted historian of Jewish-Christian relations. He was educated at St. Paul's Schoolmarker and King's College, Cambridgemarker.

He has published several books on Mediterraneanmarker history and edited volume 5 of the New Cambridge Medieval History as well as a book on The Mediterranean in History which has appeared in six languages. He has given lectures in many countries including Italymarker, Spainmarker, Portugalmarker, Francemarker, Germanymarker, the U.S.marker, Japanmarker, Israelmarker and Egyptmarker. His most influential book is Frederick II: a medieval emperor, first published in England in 1988 and reprinted many times in several Italian editions. He has been appointed Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana by the President of Italy in recognition of his writing on Italian history, especially Sicilian history, and he has also written about Spain, particularly the Balearic islandsmarker. He has shown an interest in the economic history of the Mediterranean, and in the meeting of the three Abrahamic faiths in the Mediterranean.


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