I am a historian of the pre-modern Mediterranean world, specializing in the political, intellectual and cultural history of medieval Spain and North Africa. I received my PhD in History at the University of Chicago in 2018, focusing on the history of the late medieval Mediterranean. Among other topics, I am particularly interested in historiography, intercommunal relations, political theology, and borderlands/frontiers. I also research and write about early Islamic history, Arab-Byzantine relations in the early medieval Mediterranean, Shi’ism, and the Ottoman-Safavid conflict.
The purpose of this blog is to share interesting facts, provide critical reflections and present a collection of my own musings on history, theology, philosophy, travels, politics and religion. It seeks to serve as a resource for all students and scholars of medieval history.
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