"The Maghrib in the Mashriq"
Public Lecture by Prof. Maribel Fierro
Wed 3 April 2019; at Al-Furqan Headquarters, London
22a Old Court Place, W8 4PL, London
The Evening’s Programme:
5.30 - 6.00 Reception and networking
6.00 - 6.10 Welcoming words
6.10 - 7.00 Keynote lecture by Prof. Maribel Fierro on "The Maghrib in the Mashriq"
7.00 - 7.30 Discussion
7.30 Closing of the event
Dress code: not applicable
Refreshments: from 5.30 to 6.00 pm.
Invitation: for you and a guest
The Maghrib in the Mashriq is a project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education (reference FFI2016-78878-R AEI/FEDER, UE) that aims at mapping the intellectual and cultural impact of the Maghreb in the Islamic world at large. Names such as those of Muḥyī l-dīn Ibn ʽArabī and Ibn Khaldūn immediately come to mind, also that of Maimonides in the case of the Jewish communities in Islamic lands, as well as poetical forms such as the muwashshaḥāt, didactic versifications such as the Alfiyya and the Shāṭibiyya, and a highly successful work on the prerogatives of the Prophet, Qāḍī ʽIyāḍ’s al-Shifāʼ. Less known are contributions in other fields, and also how, when and why they had an impact outside the Maghrib. There were significant changes in the ways knowledge generated in the Islamic West (North Africa excluding Egypt, al-Andalus and Sicily) travelled outside it and in how it was received. At the same time, the representation of the Maghrib in Eastern historical, geographical and biographical works also underwent changes that shed light in how the Maghribi cultural and intellectual production was understood and valued. In my lecture I will present some of the results of our project (co-directed with Mayte Penelas, Escuela de Estudios Arabes-CSIC, Granada), as well as the research now being carried out. Particular attention will be paid to the Almohad period as it was then that a particularly creative and innovative intellectual production took place closely linked to educational goals.
Maribel Fierro (Ph.D., University Complutense of Madrid) is Research Professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean (CSIC – Spain). She has worked and published on the political, religious and intellectual history of al-Andalus and the Islamic West, Islamic law, the construction of orthodoxy and the persecution of heresies, and violence and its representation in Medieval Arabic sources. Her standing research projects are: Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours (Anneliese Maier Award 2014, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation) and Local contexts and global dynamics: al-Andalus and the Maghreb in the Islamic East (with Mayte Penelas, financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education). Among her publications: The Almohad revolution. Politics and religion in the Islamic West during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries (2012), and Abd al-Rahman III: The first Cordoban caliph (2005). She is the editor of volume 2 (The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries) of The New Cambridge History of Islam (2010); Orthodoxy and heresy in Islam: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (2013); with J. Tolan, The legal status of Ḏimmī‑s in the Islamic West (2013) and with H. Ansari, C. Adang and S. Schmidtke of Accusations of unbelief in Islam: A diachronic perspective on takfir (2015)