Biographies

Rafael Azuar has a PhD in Medieval and Islamic Archaeology and works as a Curator at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (Spain). He is the author of numerous articles and books about the archaeology of al-Andalus, including Denia Islámica. Arqueología y poblamiento (Diputación Provincial de Alicante, 1989), Fouilles de la Rábita de Guardamar I: El ribât califal. Excavaciones e investigaciones, 1984-1992 (Casa Velázquez, 2004), and Los bronces islámicos de Denia, siglos VHG/XIDC (Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, 2012). His current research deals with the archaeology of Andalusi material culture within the framework of Mediterranean trade. 

Thomas E. Burman is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee, and is the author of Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, 1050-1200 (E.J. Brill, 1994) and Reading the Qur’ān in Latin Christendom, 1040-1560 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) which won the American Philosophical Society’s Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation (1992-93) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2002-03, 2013-14). He is currently writing a book entitled The Dominicans, Islam, and Christian Thought, 1220-1320.

Brian Catlos is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Research Associate of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He studies ethno-religious identity and relations between minority and majority communities in medieval Spain and across the Mediterranean. He has published The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050-1300 (Cambridge, 2004), which won two prizes from AHA, and has currently two books at press: The Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, ca. 1050–1615 (Cambridge, 2014) and Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014). He is co-director of The Mediterranean Seminar, a scholarly forum with over 600 members worldwide.

Olivia Remie Constable is Professor of Medieval History and the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. She has published Trade and Traders in Muslim Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which won the John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America; Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997; second edition, 2011); and Housing the Stranger in the Mediterranean World (Cambridge University Press, 2003). She is currently working on a new book project examining Christian perceptions of Muslim identity in late medieval and early modern Spain.

Simon Doubleday is Professor of History at Hofstra University, specializing in the history of medieval Castile and Leon. He is author of The Lara Family: Crown and Nobility in Medieval Spain (Harvard University Press, 2001), and founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. He is currently working on a popular history of King Alfonso el Sabio (Basic Books). He has also co-edited three volumes concerned with the contemporary presence of the past: In the Light of Medieval Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Border Interrogations (Berghahn, 2008), and Why the Middle Ages Matter (Routledge, 2011).

Ana Echevarría Arsuaga is Profesora titular of Medieval History at the UNED (Spain) and works on relations between Muslims and Christians, especially interreligious polemic, Castilian Mudejars, conversion, and crusade. She is the author of several publications, including Knights in the Borders. The Moorish Guard of the Kings of Castile (1410-1467), (Brill, 2008) and The City of the Three Mosques: Ávila and its Muslims in the Middle Ages (Reichert Verlag, 2011). She has recently been a Visiting Fellow at the KHK-Dynamics in the History of Religion, Ruhr University, Bochum (Germany), and is currently leading a project titled “Mudejars and Moriscos in Castile.”

Thomas F. Glick is a historian of science and technology and Professor of History Emeritus at Boston University. He is the author of Islamic and Christian Spain in the Early Middle Ages (second edition, Brill, 2005) and From Muslim Fortress to Christian Castle (revised Spanish edition, University of Valencia, 2007). His current research is on Spanish-style irrigation systems in New Mexico.

Benjamin Liu is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Medieval Joke Poetry (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as articles and chapters on the Spanish Middle Ages. His current research interests include economic modes of interfaith relations in early Spanish literature, and the connections between travel literature and trade in the Middle Ages. Most recently, he has spent the last two years as director of study abroad programs across Spain.

Brian Long is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in the Medieval Institute. His dissertation focuses on the translations of medical and scientific works from Greek and Arabic into Latin that were produced in Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, with a particular focus on the Viaticum of Constantine the African. He has received a DAAD fellowship for AY 2013-2014, and will be studying in Cologne, Germany, at the Thomas-Institut of the University of Cologne.

John Moscatiello is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department at the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation, entitled Domesticity and Urban Life in High Medieval Castile, 1100-1300, integrates textual and archeological evidence on private life and domestic architecture in medieval Castilian cities. In the AY 2011-2012, he worked at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Madrid as a Fulbright scholar.

Emmanuel Ramírez-Nieves is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is currently completing a dissertation titled Repenting Roguery: Penance in the Spanish Picaresque Novel and the Arabic and Hebrew Maqāma under the direction of Professors Luis Girón-Negrón, William Granara, and Jonathan Decter. His research interests include the languages and cultures of medieval and early modern Iberia, the intersection of religion and literature in medieval and early modern Iberian texts, and the use of humor in medieval and early modern literature.

Dayle Seidenspinner-Núñez is Professor of Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. She works in medieval Spanish and comparative literature and her books include The Allegory of Good Love (University of California Press, 1981) on the Libro de buen amor and The Writings of Teresa de Cartagena (D.S. Brewer, 1998). Her articles examine fourteenth and fifteenth-century peninsular literature and culture, hagiography, converso texts, historiography, literature and the law, and the Inquisition. Currently she is studying the interventions of the conversos in primarily Castilian culture under the Trastámara dynasty in the context of nation-building, propaganda and legitimation, and the formation of a persecuting society.

John Tolan is Professor of History at the University of Nantes (France) and author of numerous articles and books in history and cultural studies, including Petrus Alfonsi and his Medieval Readers (University Press of Florida, 1993), Saracens (Columbia University Press, 2002), Sons of Ishmael (University Press of Florida, 2008), Saint Francis and the Sultan (Oxford University Press, 2009), and (with Gilles Veinstein and Henry Laurens) Europe and Islam (Princeton University Press, 2013). He is director of the European Research Council project “RELMIN: The legal status of religious minorities in the Euro-Mediterranean world” (www.relmin.eu).

Belen Vicens is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation, entitled The Vidal Mayor and the Legal Culture of Late Medieval Aragon, examines the intersection between ‘law as imagined’ in the thirteenth-century compilation of Aragonese fueros called the Vidal Mayor and ‘law as practiced’ in civil courtrooms of late medieval Aragon.

Robin Vose teaches medieval, early modern and world history at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada. His book, Dominicans, Jews and Muslims in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Cambridge University Press, 2009), re-examines some of the ways in which religious Orders mediated relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews in reconquista Spain at the dawn of an era marked by crusade and inquisition. He is currently working to develop a database of primary source materials for the study of the Spanish and other inquisitions worldwide.

Gerard Wiegers is a historian of religion and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Islamic literature in Spanish and Aljamiado. Yça of Segovia, his Antecedents and Successors (E.J. Brill, 1994), (with M. García-Arenal) A Man of three Worlds. Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe (second edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) (originally in Spanish, also translated into Arabic and Italian), and (with M. García-Arenal) Los Moriscos: Expulsión y Diáspora (University of Valencia, 2013). He is currently editing the Lead Books of the Granadan Sacromonte and is a Principal Investigator in the HERA Research Project titled “The Orient in Early Modern Scholarship.”

Last updated: 8/5/2013.

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