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Course | Al-Babtain Masterclasses

Masterclasses by Maribel Fierro

Friday 9 April 2021 - Friday 30 April 2021
The masterclasses will take place online. Please register below to apply.

In April, Al-Babtain visiting professor Maribel Fierro will teach four masterclasses on Culture and society in the medieval Islamic west: The process of Islamization. These masterclasses will take place online, and we are hereby inviting you to join. 

Are you interested in the rich history of Islam in the western Mediterranean, including present-day Spain? Would you like to know more about conversion in the Middle Ages? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best!


Culture and society in the medieval Islamic west: The process of Islamization
Friday 9 April 13:00 – 15:00 hrs: Conversion and Islamization
Friday 16 April 13:00 – 15:00 hrs: Genealogies 
Friday 23 April 13:00 – 15:00 hrs: Resistance to conversion and blasphemy
Friday 30 April 13:00 – 15:00 hrs: Local prophets

Please register before 28 March

The deadline for registration has passed. If you still wish to register, please send a short motivation to LUCIS (lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

About Maribel Fierro

Maribel Fierro (PhD, Madrid, 1985) is a Research Professor at the Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo in Madrid, Spain. Her research focuses on the political, religious, and intellectual history of al-Andalus and the Islamic West. She has also worked on Islamic law, the construction of orthodoxy and the persecution of heresies, and violence and its representation in Medieval Arabic sources. 

Professor Fierro earned her PhD on Semitic Philology in 1985 at the Universidad Compultense, Madrid. She has taught at the University Compultense Madrid, the University of Stanford, the University of Chicago, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the Universidad Autónoma Madrid, and has been Directeur dʼétudes associé at the Centre de Recherches Historiques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as part of the Research Group Law and State in Classical Islam. She was honoured with the R. Stephen Humphreys Distinguished Scholar from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Anneliese Maier Award from the Humboldt Foundation, and most recently the Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Fierro directed several research projects. Her present project (with Mayte Penelas) is called Local Contexts and Global Dynamics: Al-Andalus and the Maghrib in the Islamic East (FFI2016-78878-R AEI/FEDER, UE). She is a prolific author and among her latest publications are The Routledge Handbook of Muslim Iberia, ‘Abd Al-Rahman III: The First Cordoban Caliph, and The Almohad Revolution: Politics and Religion in the Islamic West during the Twelfth-Thirteenth Centuries.

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