Reuven Amitai is Eliyahu Professor of Islamic History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in the history of the Mamluk Sultanate and the Mongols in the Middle East. Among his publications are Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk-Ilkhanid war 1260–1281 (Cambridge 1995); The Mongols in the Islamic lands: Studies in the history of the Ilkhanate (Ashgate 2007); Holy war and rapprochement: Studies in the relations between the Mamluk sultanate and the Mongol ilkhanate (1260–1335) (Turnhout 2013). He has recently co-edited (with Christoph Cluse from Trier) the volume Slavery and the slave trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, 11th to 15th centuries (Turnhout 2017), and is currently working on the history of Palestine in the Mamluk period.
Frédéric Bauden is Professor of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies at the University of Liège. His research focuses on Mamluk historiography, diplomatics, and codicology. He is the editor of the Bibliotheca Maqriziana (Leiden) whose aim is to publish definitive critical editions of al-Maqrīzī’s minor and major works accompanied by annotated translations and thorough introductions, the whole prepared by the specialists of the fields dealt with in each work. He is currently completing his book entitled Al-Maqrīzī’s collection of opuscules: An introduction.
Lotfi Ben Miled is an Assistant Professor in Medieval History at the Archeology department of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Kairouan, Tunisia, and is currently a member of the research unit on Islamic Medieval History at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (LR99ES01, LMAIM), 9th April University of Tunis. His research focuses on the history of the Islamic West and other eastern regions from the mid-fifth-eleventh to late ninth-fifteenth century. He has been working, in particular, on the representation of otherness in the historical records of the Maghrib, people’s mobility, the exchange of ideas and the trade of merchandise between the Islamic Maghrib and the Islamic Orient. He published a book in Arabic entitled Ifrīqiya wa-l-sharq al-mutawassiṭ (Ifrīqiya and the Eastern Mediterranean) (Tunis 2011) and recently edited a Festschrift volume for Hichem Djait’s 80th birthday (Tunis 2018).
Michele Bernardini is Professor of Persian Language and Literature, and History of Modern Iran and the Ottoman Empire at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. At the university he is the Director of the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies. Specializing on the Ilkhanid, Timurid, and Safavid periods, he has published various books, including Mémoire et propagande à l’ époque timouride in 2008. Together with Jürgen Paul he is the editor of the journal Eurasian Studies (Rome).
Bárbara Boloix Gallardo is Professor of Arabic Studies at the Department of Semitic Studies at the University of Granada. As a specialist in the history of al-Andalus and the Maghreb, focusing specially on the study of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, she has participated in a number of international conferences and taught courses on both disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis (until 2012). Among her most recent publications are Las Sultanas de la Alhambra: Las grandes desconocidas del Reino Nazarí de Granada (siglos XIII–XV) (Granada 2013), the book chapter The genealogical legitimization of the Naṣrid dynasty (13th–15th Centuries): The alleged Anṣārī origins of the Banū Naṣr (2014), and Ibn al-Aḥmar. Vida y reinado del primer sultán de Granada (1195–1273) (2017). She is currently coordinating a volume on Medieval and Early Modern Granada within the series Brill’s Companion to European History edited by Brill.
Anne F. Broadbridge is Associate Professor of Medieval Islamic History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her most recent book is Women and the making of the Mongol empire (Cambridge 2018). Her first book was Kingship and ideology in the Islamic and Mongol worlds (Cambridge 2008). Her research focuses on two fields: first, the Mamluk Sultanate, with a particular interest in diplomacy and ideology; and second, the Mongol Empire, especially ideology, women, and politics.
Mounira Chapoutot-Remadi is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History of the Arab and Muslim World, at the University of Tunis. She is a specialist of the Mamluk period and has directed more than thirty theses in the medieval history of the Maghrib and the Near East. In 2015, she was appointed Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Bayt al-Hikma Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016 she was awarded the Ibn Khaldun Prize. Her research interests are the social and political history of the Mamluk era, as well as Gender Studies.
Stephan Conermann is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Bonn. Among his special research interests are the history and society of the Mughal Empire and of the Mamluk regime in Egypt and Syria, particularly in relation to questions of narratology, historiography, dependency, and im/mobilization. His recent publications include Mamlukica—Studies on the history and society during the Mamluk era (2013); The Mamluk-Ottoman transition: Continuity and change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the sixteenth century (ed. with Gül Şen, 2017); Muslim-Jewish relations in the middle Islamic period: Jews in the Ayyubid and Mamluk sultanates (1171–1517) (ed., 2017); and Can freedom be unlimited? Examples of censorship in Middle Eastern societies in the 19th and 20th centuries (ed. with Ali Haggai and Christine Schirrmacher, 2017).
Nicholas Coureas works as a Senior Researcher at the Cyprus Research Centre in Nicosia on the history of Lusignan Cyprus (1191–1473). He has published various articles and books on this subject, including The Latin church in Cyprus 1195–1312 (Ashgate 1997), its sequel The Latin church of Cyprus 1313–1378 (Nicosia 2010), and with Michael Walsh and Peter Edbury he edited the conference proceedings, Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta (Ashgate 2012). In 2015 he published for the Cyprus Research Centre, together with Peter Edbury, The Chronicle of Amadi translated from the Italian.
Malika Dekkiche is Assistant Professor of Medieval Middle Eastern and Mediterranean History at the University of Antwerp. She is currently preparing a monograph entitled Keeping the peace in premodern Islam: Theory and practice of diplomacy under the Mamluk sultanate (Edinburgh University Press). She also published several articles on the contacts and exchanges between the Mamluks, the Timurids and Turkmen dynasties (Qara Qoyunlu, Qaramanids). Beside her research on Mamluk diplomacy, she is also working on a side project on religious patronage in the Hijaz.
Rémi Dewière is a historian who specializes in the circulations, Islam and state practices in Sahel in the late medieval and early modern period. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the EHESS (Centre Alexandre-Koyré), he is currently a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute (Fiesole), where he works on diplomacy, state administration and textuality in Islamic West Africa (16th–20th c.). His book, Du lac Tchad à La Mecque. Le Sultanat du Borno et son monde (XVIe–XVIIe siècle) (Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2017), provides a new perspective on the functioning of a Sahelian Islamic state in the early modern period and its relationship with the world around it.
Kristof D’hulster is a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO), affiliated to Ghent University, Belgium. Next to Turkic (socio-, contact-, and historical) linguistics, his main interest lies in processes of cultural exchange and interaction within the pre-modern Turkic, Persian, and Arab world. Currently engaged in Mamluk studies, he focuses on issues of language, ethnicity, and identity (approaching these as social constructs, within a combined linguistic, semiotic, and sociological framework), state formation, literary studies, and the Mamluk-Ottoman transition period. He has published a number of articles in, among others, the Journal of Arabic Literature and the Annales Islamologiques.
Marie Favereau obtained her PhD in History from the University of Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne) and the Università degli Studi di San Marino in 2004. She was a member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (Cairo, 2005–9) and a Fulbright visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton, 2009–10). She is currently research associate at the University of Oxford and member of the ERC project Nomadic Empires: A World-Historical Perspective (2014–9). She specializes in the history of the Golden Horde and her current research investigates trade and diplomacy between the Mongol Empire, Europe, and the Middle East. She edited Les Conventions diplomatiques dans le monde musulman: L’ Umma en partage (1258–1517) (Cairo 2008); The Golden Horde and the islamisation of the Eurasian steppes (Aix-en-Provence 2018); and she published, with Jacques Raymond, La Horde d’ Or. Les héritiers de Gengis Khan (Paris 2014), and La Horde d’ or et le sultanat mamelouk: naissance d’ une alliance (Cairo 2018).
Gladys Frantz-Murphy is Professor Emerita of History at Regis University in Denver, specializing in Southwest Asia and North Africa from an environmental perspective. She has published two books: Agrarian administration in Egypt from the Arabs to the Ottomans and Arabic agricultural leases and tax receipts 148–427 A.H./765–1035 A.D. (Cairo 1986), and Arabic agricultural leases and tax receipts from Egypt, 148–427 A.H./765–1035 A.D.: Arabic texts (Vienna 2001), forty articles and contributions to books, most recently “Environmental challenges and societal responses: Southwest Asia and North Africa: 1 to 600 A.H./622–1200,” in S. Procházka, L. Reinfandt, and S. Tost (eds.), Proceedings of the third international conference of the research network Imperium and officium: Comparative studies in ancient bureaucracy and officialdom, University of Vienna, 20–22 February 2013 (Vienna 2018), 1–49, and numerous book reviews. She is currently completing a monograph Environment in the History of Early Muslim Ruled Egypt. Environment, Internecine Conflict and Religious Legitimacy, 20–235/640–850, based on correlating documents and early reports in Muslim narrative sources, with empirical research in physical, geological and biological sciences.
Yehoshua Frenkel studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A senior lecturer at the University of Haifa, he teaches the pre-modern history of Muslim societies in Arabic speaking lands. His recent research interests embrace popular culture, communal practices, social history, and legal discourse in medieval and early modern Egypt and Syria (1100–1700). His latest publication includes al-Maqrīzī’s Ḍawʾ al-sārī li-maʿrifat ḫabar Tamīm al-Dārī (On Tamīm al-Dārī and His Waqf in Hebron) (ed., Leiden 2014, “Bibliotheca Maqriziana”) and The Turkic Peoples in Medieval Arabic Writings (ed., London 2015).
Hend Gilli-Elewy is Associate Professor at the Interdisciplinary General Education Department, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research and scholarly interests include social, historical, and religious aspects of the early and medieval Islamic world, slavery in Islam, the Ikhanids, and the history of Baghdad and Iraq. Recent publications include: “On the Provenance of Slaves in Mecca during the time of the Prophet Muhammad”, International Journal of Middle East Studies 49:1 (2017), 164–68; “On Women, Power, and Politics during the Last Phase of the Ilkhanate,” in Arabica 59 (2012); “The Mongol Court in Baghdad: The Juwayni Brothers Between Local Court and Central Court,” in A. Fuess and J.P. Hartung (eds.), Court Cultures in the Muslim World: Seventh to Nineteenth centuries (London and New York 2011).
Ludvik Kalus now retired, is Honorary Professor of Islamic History (Middle Ages) at Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) and Honorary Directeur d’ Études at École Pratique des Hautes Études (Islamic Numismatics and Epigraphy). He published several books and more than eighty articles about Islamic epigraphy (China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Bahrain, etc.), numismatics, sigillography, and other topics. He is the founder and director of the Thesaurus d’ épigraphie islamique (
Anna Kollatz works on the Mughal Empire, the Indian Subcontinent up to the 18th century and the history and society of the Mamluk Era. Her interest lies in ethnic and religious diversity, the functions of historiographic writing and in forms of dependencies in the pre-modern and early modern times. In her work on the Mughal and late Mughal courts, she focuses on social relations and dependencies between the ruler and free as well as enslaved nobles. Her work includes both the elite circles at court as well as a micro-historical perspective on subaltern military slaves and their masters. Anna Kollatz is member of the Bonn Center for Transcultural Narratology (BZTN) and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS). Her current project in the DFG-Collaborative Research Center “Macht and Herrschaft—premodern configurations in a transcultural perspective” evaluates court ceremonial and festivities in context with the figurations of social order.
Julien Loiseau is Professor of Islamic History in the Middle Ages at Aix-Marseille Université. He has published extensively on urban issues and the social history of political elites in the Mamluk period, including three books among which Les Mamelouks. Une expérience du pouvoir dans l’ Islam médiéval (Paris 2014). He has recently focused his research on the history of Ethiopia and has been the recipient of a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2017–22) for research projects on the connections and relationships between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages (‘HornEast’).
Maria Filomena Lopes de Barros is Professor of History at the University of Évora. Her research interests center on the Muslim minority in the Iberian Peninsula and on the issue of identity(ies) through topics such as Islamic law, onomastics, and cultural ascriptions. She is co-founder and co-editor of Hamsa: Journal of Judaic and Islamic Studies (
John L. Meloy is Professor of History in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. His research interests lie in the medieval Hijaz, the Mamluk Sultanate, and the international connections of both. In 2015, his Imperial power and maritime trade: Mecca and Cairo in the later middle ages was issued in a revised paperback edition.
Pierre Moukarzel is Professor of Medieval History at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Branch II. Specializing in relations between Europe and the Mamluk Sultanate and the political and economic exchanges in the medieval Mediterranean, he has published a number of books and articles, including La Ville de Beyrouth sous la domination mamelouke (Baabda 2010).
Lucian Reinfandt is a historian of Islam and Arabic papyrologist at the Austrian National Library in Vienna. He is a specialist of archival and documentary studies and has published on law and society in the eastern Islamic lands, including his Official epistolography and the language(s) of power (with Stephan Procházka and Sven Tost, 2015). He is currently preparing a book on bureaucracy under the earlier caliphate.
Alessandro Rizzo PhD 2017, Liège Université–Aix-Marseille University. In 2012 he obtained a master degree in Medieval History at the University of Pisa. From 2013 to 2017, he was a Research Fellow (F.R.S.-FNRS) at the University of Liège. During this period, he prepared a dissertation on the medieval diplomatic and commercial relations between Florence and the Mamluk Sultanate in the fifteenth century. From 2017 to 2018, he was a post-doc fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg at Bonn University. He also takes part in the project “I-link0977,” funded by CSIC (Spain), on the diplomatic exchanges between Islamic Mediterranean and Christian European powers in the Middle Ages. Recently, he authored an article entitled “Diplomatie sur le terrain: la première mission diplomatique florentine en territoire mamelouk” (forthcoming in F. Bauden [ed.], Culture matérielle et contacts diplomatiques entre l’ Occident latin, Byzance et l’ Orient islamique [XIe–XVIe s.]).
Éric Vallet is Assistant Professor of Islamic History at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, a member of the Research Unit Medieval Islam (CNRS/Paris I/Paris IV/EPHE) and a junior member of the Institut universitaire de France (2012–17). Specializing in the late medieval Islamic societies in the Near East, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Indian Ocean, he has published L’ Arabie marchande. État et commerce sous les sultans rasūlides du Yémen (626–858/1229–1454) (Paris 2010), Lumières de la sagesse. Écoles médiévales d’ Orient et d’ Occident (ed. with Thierry Kouamé and Sandra Aube, Paris 2013), and La Fabrique de l’ Océan Indien. Cartes d’ Orient et d’ Occident (Antiquité–xvie siècle) (ed. with Emmanuelle Vagnon, Paris 2016).
Valentina Vezzoli is post-doc researcher in Islamic Archaeology at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. Her main research interests focus on the study and interpretation of ceramic artifacts from archaeological contexts within the social, economic, and cultural frame that produced and employed them. She worked on several ceramic assemblages of the Islamic world: in Syria (Apamea, Shayzar, Qinnasrin), Lebanon (Baalbek and Tyr), Turkey (Ziyaret Tepe), Egypt (Fustat), and Kurdistan (Dohuk governorate). She has published several scientific articles on this subject, which also focus on objects preserved in museum collections; her PhD thesis, La Céramique islamique d’ Apamée de Syrie. Histoire de l’ occupation du Quartier Nord-Est du XIIe au XIVe siècle was published in 2016.
Patrick Wing is Associate Professor of History at the University of Redlands in California. His research focuses on questions of political ideology and organization east and west of the Euphrates following the collapse of the Ilkhanate in the fourteenth century. He is the author of The Jalayirids: Dynastic state formation in the Mongol Middle East (Edinburgh 2016).