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The History and Islamic Studies Research Team : Objectives and Practices

This research team brings together historians and specialists in Islamic studies. Their research covers a broad timescale, from the 7th to the 20th centuries, and a geographic area stretching from the Maghreb to the Mashreq, including Turkey, Iran and Central Asia, as well as the Horn of Africa.

Working with approaches from social history, cultural history and political history, as well as legal and economic history, the historians in this team study a diverse array of themes and fields : religious figures, nationalisms and borders, archival practices and historiographical writings, circulations, teaching and education, law (studied through its sources, practices and applications), urban history and rural history studies, colonial and postcolonial studies. The history researchers in the team organise each month a training seminar for the Masters students, entitled “Writing the History of the Islamic World, 7th-20th centuries”).

The research carried out in Islamic studies looks at the doctrines and practices of Islam, from the Classical to the Modern era. In particular, this includes participation in the ANR Prophet project, as well as reflection and collective projects on the Hanbali school and the corpus of the prophetic tradition (hadīth). This work is also tied to research on the sociology of the religious field, and specifically of Islamic practices in France and in Europe. The Islamic studies researchers in the team organise a thematic training seminar for the Masters students, where researchers from the laboratory as well as external researchers are invited to present their work.

The members of the History and Islamic Studies team are particularly involved in the laboratory’s three cross-disciplinary axes (Educational Policies, Circulations, Regulated Spaces, and Conditions of Knowledge Production), as well as the research training provided for the masters students at the Department of History and the Department of Middle-Eastern Studies at Aix-Marseille University.

The research carried out by this team revolves around three main themes.

Theme 1 - Islamic Studies

The research in Islamic studies looks at the doctrines and practices of Islam, from the Classical to the Contemporary era. In particular, this includes participation in ANR Prophet, a French National Research Agency project (The Presence of the Prophet : Muhammad in the mirror of his community in early modern and modern Islam), critical thought and a comparative approach to anti-philosophical trends in the three monotheisms, and the corpus of the prophetic tradition (hadīth). (...)

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Theme 2 - The History of the Medieval Islamic World

The Arab and Muslim world are spaces in which circulation and territorial control were central issues in the construction and functioning of States in Medieval times. The work carried out in this research axis seeks to understand how cultural exchange (language, religion, knowledge and skills) can transcend political borders. (...)

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Theme 3 - Early Modern and Modern History of the Arab and Muslim World

The members of the History team at IREMAM study the social, political, economic, legal and even religious dynamics that have crossed the societies and governments of the Maghreb and the Near East in the early Modern and Modern periods : Mamluk, Ottoman, early Nations or authoritarian regimes. (...)

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Team Members

Team Leaders : Norig Neveu & Camille Rhoné-Quer
Consult the Members List

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