Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours.

Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours,

Maribel Fierro

Anneliese Maier Award. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 2014-2019

               Under the general title ‘Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours’ a number of topics were explored related to the social practices of scholars, the control of knowledge (establishment of ‘canons’, censorship and persecution) and the relations between authority, power and writing.

The main focus was on:

1. Research stays of scholars – mostly those in the early stages of their academic trajectories – both in Germany and Spain, to advance their research or to attend conferences (Javier Albarrán Iruela, Sebastian Bitsch, Philip Bockholt, Sonja Brentjes, Víctor de Castro, Alejandro García Sanjuán, Aurora González Artigao, Araceli González Vázquez, Irene Pajón Leyra, Lucas Oro, David Porcel, Virginia Vázquez, Josef Zenka).

2. The organization of workshops and conferences around the topics of the project

2015 Histories of books in the Islamicate World, organized by Maribel Fierro, Sabine Schmidtke and Sarah Stroumsa, secretary Virginia Vázquez..

2016 Narratives on translation: a historiographical debate, organized by Sonja Brentjes, Alexander Fidora and M. Fierro, secretary Virginia Vázquez.

2016 Classification of knowledge in the Islamic West, organized by M. Fierro and J. Thiele (Marie-Curie Fellow, ILC-CSIC), with the help of Virginia Vázquez and Aurora González Artigao

2017        Rulers as Authors in the Islamic world. Knowledge, Authority and Legitimacy, organized by Sonja Brentjes (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Maribel Fierro (ILC-CSIC, Madrid) and Tilman Seidensticker (CSMC) Co-financed by The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg University.

2018 The Majlis revisited: Inter- and intra-religious and cross-cultural disputations in the Islamicate world, organized by Camilla Adang (Tel Aviv University), Sonja Brentjes (MPG), Maribel Fierro and Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), secretary Víctor de Castro. Co-financed by IAS-Princeton and Casa Arabe.

2018 The Safavid Multi-text manuscript 1984.463 (Harvard University-Sackler Museum), organized by Sonja Brentjes (MPG). Co-financed.

2018 ‘Spain is different’!? Nationalism and Identity between Antiquity and Today, organized by Sabine Panzram and Alejandro García Sanjuán. Co-financed.

2018 The Maghrib in the Mashriq, organized by M. Fierro and Mayte Penelas . Co-financed.

3. Publications.

Maribel Fierro. Articles and book chapters: “Joking judges: a view from the Medieval Islamic West”, in Intisar Rabb and Abigail Krasner Balbale (eds.), Justice and Leadership in early Islamic courts, Harvard University Press, 2017, 131-148. “Writing and reading in early Ifriqiya”, in Georgio Rahal and Heinz-Otto Luthe (eds.), Promissa nec aspera curans. Mélanges offerts à Madame le Professeur Marie-Thérèse Urvoy, Presses universitaires de l’Institut Catholique de Toulouse, 2017, 373-393. “Why Ibn Hazm became a Zahiri: charisma, law and the court”, Hamsa. Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies 4 (2017-March 2018), 1-21. “Averroes’ ‘disgrace’ and his relations with the Almohads”, in Abdelkader Al Ghouz (eds.), Islamic Philosophy from the 12th till the 14th Century, Bonn University Press bei V&R unipress, 2018, 73-118.  “ʽAbd al-Raḥmān III and the Cordoban caliphate”, Routledge Handbook on Medieval Iberia, ed. M. Gerli, forthcoming. “The Almohads: Mahdism and Philosophy”, in Dolores Villalba Sola (ed.), Los Almohades, Patronato de la Alhambra, 2020. “Scholars, jurists and the legal system”, in M. Fierro (ed.), A Handbook on Muslim Iberia, Routledge, 2020. Editions: monographic dossier ‘Histories of Books in the Islamicate World’ in the journal Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 4 (2016), issues 1 and 2, edited by M. Fierro, S. Schmidtke and S. Stroumsa; Rulers as authors in Islamic societies, edited by S. Brentjes, M. Fierro and T. Seidensticker, forthcoming.

Co-financing of a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship: Prof. Jens Scheiner, Göttingen University), 2021-2022.

The project was co-directed first with Prof. Sabine Schmidtke (Freie Universität Berlin) and after Prof. Schmidtke moved to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton-USA) with Dr. Sonja Brentjes (Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), Max Planck Gesellschaft).