al-Raqmiyyat: Digital Islamic History
Maxim Romanov (Tufts University) is a pioneer in the field of digital Islamic humanities. His website offers an overview of his work. One of his current projects is the development of a gazetteer of the classical Islamic world, “al-Thurayyā” (Arabic for Pleiades), which is based on a digitization of Georgette Cornu’s Atlas du monde arabo-islamique à l’époque Classique. He gracefully shared his data with us, and in return, we provided him with the corrected coordinates of the sites located in our five key regions. We are also developing further common projects.
Pleiades is gazetteer of historical place names, curated by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW). Its original focus was the Roman world, but it has now started to widen its geographical and temporal horizons. We chose Pleiades as the public repository of the results of the mapping component of our project.
The Jerusalem Prosopography Project (JPP) that aims at recording judiciously the biographical evidence available in the Arabic primary sources about several well-defined groups of people who flourished during the first two centuries of Islam.
Toletum - Network for studying the Iberian Peninsula in antiquity.
A collaboration of historians, Roman archaeologists, architectural historians and philologists to explore the Iberian peninsula in antiquity. Tolentum offers scholars a constant exchange and to present their findings at the yearly organized workshop.
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Jeffrey Haines (Ph.D Candidate in the History Department at the University of Washington, Seattle) was a research fellow June 5 - July 5, 2019. His research project, titled: Mosul’s Hinterland: Monastery and Village in Early Islamic Iraq and Anatolia, examines the relationship between village, monastery, and rural culture north of Mosul in the late Umayyad and mid-‘Abbasid period using Syriac sources. An abundance of Syriac literature survives from the period, including canon law, chronicles, and hagiographies, all of which provide glimpses into the customs, social relations, and tensions of rural life. His work relies in particular on monastic histories, a genre which relates the story of a given monastery over three or four generations. Because these histories focus in detail on a small area and the networks which connect those areas to the broader region, they also present smaller, more intimate examples of local Christian-Muslim and urban-rural interactions, as well as the place of Christian spiritual centers in the early Islamic world, than chronicles or political histories.
Sandra Suárez García ( Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques Department of the University of Granada) was a research fellow Sep. 20 - Dec. 20, 2018. She is currently a pre-doctoral research fellow at the project “Aristocratic Property in Nasrid Granada and its Transfer to the Castilian Society after the Conquest (13th-16th Centuries)”, while she finishes her doctoral thesis in “Aristocratic Property in the Kingdom of Granada”. She is also a member of the Medieval History and Historiographic Sciences and Techniques Department of the University of Granada, where she teaches Later Middle Ages. Previously, she received a master degree in history with the topic: “From Europe to America. Societies, Powers and Cultures at the University of Granada” from the University of Santiago de Compostela. Her research focuses mainly on the material base of the Nasrid elite and its transformation and the transfer of property after the conquest from its Muslim owners to the Castilian aristocracy. She is the author of “Los habices de la Vega de Granada como forma de conocimiento del reino nazarí y su transformación tras la conquista: La alquería de La Zubia” (Espacio, Tiempo y Forma. Historia Medieval, nº 31, 2018). She also worked on the the Jewish community of the Nasrid Kingdom in her Master’s thesis: The Jews of the Kingdom of Granada: From the Nasrid Domain to the Castilian conquest.
Dr. Guo Yunyan (Hebei University, China) was a visiting scholar at Universität Hamburg Nov. 21 - Dec. 15. 2017. She finished her dissertation at the Nankai University in 2006. In her thesis she discussed Byzantine coins and their imitations found in China. It remains the most comprehensive numismatic study in this field so far. Before teaching at Hebei University, she completed a postdoctoral program in the Department of History at the Peking University on the formation of modern Greece. During her academic formation, she studied at the University of Athens and the Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University as visiting student.
Adrien de Jarmy (PhD Student at Sorbonne Université (anciennement Paris-IV)) was a research fellow at the ERC project the Early Islamic Empire at Work April - May 2015, preparing his doctor thesis La construction historiographique de la figure du Prophète dans les sources des débuts de l’Islam, VIIe-Xe siècle under the supervision of Prof. Mathieu Tillier (Sorbonne Université). During his stay in Hamburg, he worked mainly on “L'épopée des Arabes : analyse comparative des maghāzī et des futūḥāt, VIIIe-Xe siècle”.