It’s my pleasure to introduce our blogger for the month of March: Yossef Rapoport, Professor in Islamic History at Queen Mary University of London. He is a historian of the social, cultural, and legal aspects of life in the Islamic, Arabic-speaking Middle East in its Middle Ages, from about 1000 to 1500 AD.
Before joining Queen Mary in 2008, he was trained in the universities of Tel Aviv (Israel), Princeton (USA) and Oxford (UK). His publications include Marriage, Money and Divorce in Medieval Islamic Society (translated into Arabic), Rural Economy and Tribal Society in Islamic Egypt that was awarded the Middle East Medievalists biennial book prize, Ibn Taymiyya and His Times (co-edited with Shahab Ahmed), as well as numerous articles on the history of Islamic law, women and gender in medieval Islam, medieval Islamic maps, and peasants and nomads in medieval Islam.
He is currently holding a Leverhulme Major research fellowship (2019 – 2022) for a project entitled ‘Tribal identity and Conversion to Islam in Rural Egypt and Syria, 1000 – 1500’.
For more on Professor Rapoport’s work, visit his faculty website.