Visiting Professor in Islamic Studies
Ph.D. (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)
Maribel Fierro is Research Professor at the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East in the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CCHS) at the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – CSIC). Her research interests include the History of al-Andalus, Muslim religion (ritual, intellectual trends, heterodoxy), Islamic law, violence and religion, and the history of emotions in the Islamic world. She is currently working on a project financed by the European Research Council and entitled Knowledge, Heresy and Political Culture in the Islamic West (8th-15th centuries). She has served as the Directeur d’études associé, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - Centre de Recherches Historiques (March-April 1998) and was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1999-2000) and a Herodotus Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1994-1995). She has published numerous books and articles, including most recently Abdarramán III y el califato omeya de Córdoba (2011) and `Abd al-Rahman III: The First Cordoban Caliph (2005). Texts she has edited include The New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. II: The Western Islamic World, 11th-18th centuries (2010) and (with Christian Robert Lange) Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline, and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th centuries c.e. (2009). Professor Fierro is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Al-Qantara (CSIC), Islamic Law and Society (Brill, Leiden), Studia Islamica (Princeton University/ Paris, CNRS), and Al-Masaq (Society for the Medieval Mediterranean). She is the sectional editor (Religious Sciences) of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition.