Scholars & Rulers in al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor for the Muslims? Heraclius in al-Andalus


Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Rm, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

CMES is pleased to present the 2017 H.A.R. Gibb Arabic & Islamic Studies Lecture Series speaker

Maribel FierroDr. Maribel Fierro
Research Professor, Centre of Human and Social Sciences (CCHS), Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Madrid, Spain; Visiting Scholar, Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School; Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Harvard University

Dr. Fierro earned her PhD in Semitic Philology in 1985 at Universidad Compultense, Madrid, after which she held varied academic positions, including Directeur d’études associé at the Centre de Recherches Historiques, Paris; and Fellow, at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of the Research Group 'Law and State in Classical Islam'. Dr. Fierro's research focuses on the political, religious intellectual history of al-Andalus and the Islamic West (eighth—fifteenth centuries), on Islamic law, and on violence and its representation in Medieval Arabic sources.

Fierro has directed several research projects, including 'Knowledge, heresy and political culture in the Islamic West (eighth-fifteenth centuries)', and 'Violencia y casting en sociedades islámicas pre-modernas (al-Andalus y el Magreb)'. And she has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, The Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Among her recent publications: The Almohad revolution. Politics and religion in the Islamic West during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries, Variorum, 2012, and Knowledge, heresy and politics in the Medieval Islamic West (forthcoming). She is the editor of volume 2 (The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries) of the The New Cambridge History of Islam, Cambridge University Press, 2010; Orthodoxy and heresy in Islam: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (4 vols., Routledge, 2013); with J. Tolan of The legal status of dimmi-s in the Islamic West (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013) and with H. Ansari, C. Adang and S. Schmidtke of Accusations of unbelief in Islam: A diachronic perspective on takfir (Leiden: Brill, 2015).

A link to Dr. Fierro's first lecture (March 7) in this series can be found here.

Contact: Liz Flanagan