Kingdoms of Faith - Writing a New History of Islamic Spain


Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

CMES and the Committee on Medieval Studies present the
Inaugural Joint Lecture in Medieval Middle Eastern Studies​

Brian CatlosKingdoms of Faith
Professor of Religious Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Brian Catlos has been a member of the Religious Studies faculty at CU Boulder since 2010. He is affiliated also with the History Ethnics Studies, Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Humanities and Jewish Studies Programs. He directs the University of Colorado Mediterranean Studies Group and is also Co-Director of The Mediterranean Seminar, an international forum for scholarly collaboration for developing research and teaching in the field of Mediterranean Studies, and was Co-Director (PI to July 2012) of the University of California Mediterranean Studies Multi-Campus Research Program, based at the University of California Santa Cruz, until July 2015, when that project concluded. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014, and his book, Muslims of Latin Christendom was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association and the Medieval Academy or America's Charles Homer Haskins Medal, while his Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors was given an honorable mention in the PROSE Awards. The Victors and the Vanquished, his first scholarly book won two prizes from the AHA, and his articles have won the Webb Essay Prize, and the Julian Bishko Prize.

In May 2015 he was awarded a Boulder Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work, and in 2015-16 he held his second NEH Faculty Fellowship. In Spring 2017 he was awarded an Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service from the Boulder Faculty Association. His book, Kingdoms of Faith: A New History of Islamic Spain was published by Basic Books in May 2018, with German (Beck), Spanish (Pasado y Presente), Simplified Chinese (Gingko) and Complex Chinese (Owl) translations as well as an audiobook coming in 2019. His next book, Paradoxes of Plurality: Ethno-religious Diversity in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond (Basic), and a textbook, The Sea in the Middle. The Mediterranean World, 600-1650 (U California; w/ Tom Burman and Mark Meyerson) are expected in late 2019.

Co-Sponsors: CMES H.A.R. Gibb Fund, Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University
Contact: Liz Flanagan