Simon Doubleday (Hofstra University): “Illegitimate Approaches” (public lecture), Monday 13th July, 5.30-6.30

Simon Doubleday is Professor of History at Hofstra University (New York). He received his B.A. from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His book The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Islamic Spain, and the Birth of the Renaissance is forthcoming (Basic Books, 2015); he is also author of The Lara Family: Crown and Nobility in Medieval Spain (Harvard University Press, 2001). He has co-edited three volumes of essays concerned with the contemporary significance of the distant past and the intersection of historical inquiry with questions of social justice: In the Light of Medieval Spain: Islam, the West, and the Relevance of the Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Border Interrogations: Crossing Spanish Frontiers (Berghahn, 2008), and Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice (Routledge, 2011). He is President of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, and Founding Editor / Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies.

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Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh): “Rituals of accession in early Islam: a comparative perspective”, Tuesday 14th July, 4.00-5.30

Dr Andrew Marsham is Senior Lecturer in Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author ofRituals of Islamic Monarchy: Accession and Succession in the First Muslim Empire (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and is currently working on The Umayyad Empire for Edinburgh University Press.

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