Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Development of Jihad as a Political Tool


Pr. Amira K. Bennison from the University of Cambridge is giving a talk on Friday 10th 2014 at 15:00 at Ben M'sik Faculty. The subject of her talk is 'The development of jihad as a political tool in al-Andalus and the Maghrib from the Umayyads to the early modern era.' Amira K. Bennison is Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Magdalene College. Her research interests include the medieval Islamic West (Islamic Iberia and Morocco), Maghribi modes of legitimation and cultures of power, and 18th-19th century Muslim religio-political discourse and engagement with modernity. In addition, Amira is an experienced cultural tour lecturer who has led numerous trips to Morocco, southern Spain, Syria and Egypt. She also contributes regularly to television programmes on Islamic history and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’. Her publications include The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib (Oxford, 2014); The Great Caliphs: the Golden Age of the ‘Abbasid Empire, (London: I. B. Tauris, 2009); Cities in the Premodern Islamic World: the urban impact of religion, state and society, edited with Alison L. Gascoigne, (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2007); Jihad and its Interpretations in Pre-Colonial Morocco, (London: Curzon, 2002), as well as numerous articles. She is currently working on a monograph about legitimation in Morocco over the longue durée, a history of the Almoravids and the Almohades, and a general history of culture on the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.

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