Christian Mauder is Associate Professor in the Study of Religions with Specialization in Islam at the University of Bergen. His research focuses on the intellectual, religious, and social history of the Islamic world during the late middle and early modern periods. His recently published second monograph In the Sultan’s Salon: Learning, Religion and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501–1516) (Brill, 2021) constitutes the first in-depth analysis of a Mamlūk court as a transregional center of intellectual, religious, and political culture. The dissertation on which this monograph is based won the 2018 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award (Humanities) of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the 2018 Christian Gottlob Heyne Award of the University of Göttingen.
Christian Mauder’s publications include also the monograph Gelehrte Krieger: Die Mamluken als Träger arabischsprachiger Bildung nach al-Ṣafadī, al-Maqrīzī und weiteren Quellen (Olms, 2012), which examines the biographies of several hundred Mamlūk soldiers and officers of the 13th–15th centuries and discusses their involvement in religious and intellectual activities. Moreover, he has published articles, edited volumes, and book chapters on Mamlūk and Ottoman history, Christian-Muslim relations, Middle Eastern Christianity, Islamic eschatology, and the reception of the Qur’ān.
Christian Mauder received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Göttingen, and was a member of the Holberg Seminar on Islamic History, Princeton University. He completed postdoctoral appointments at Yale University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New York University Abu Dhabi, and the University of Bonn. At the University of Bergen, he is an affiliated member in the project CanCode: Canonization and Codification of Islamic Legal Texts. More information about his research activities and publications can be found on his institutional website and on his academia.edu page.