Towards a Theory of Cultural Brokerage in the Pre-Modern Islamic World, 600-1600 (Research Group Conference)

Tue, 27/04/2021 to Wed, 28/04/2021



Uriel Simonsohn (University of Haifa)
Luke Yarbrough (UCLA)


This workshop will work toward the development of a theory that elucidates the circumstances and mechanisms of cultural brokerage in premodern Islamic history. It is concerned with spaces and moments that were especially favorable to cultural brokerage. Participants will present case studies through which we will examine the background of cultural changes that resulted from such brokerage. In particular, presentations will address the question of whether certain constellations of historical factors can be identified as distinctive of cultural brokerage in the Islamic world.



Dionigi Albera, CNRS/Aix-Marseille University
Michal Biran, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jonathan Brack, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Eugenio Garosi, LMU Munich
Jessica Goldberg, UCLA
Mattia Guidetti, University of Bologna
István Kristó-Nagy, University of Exeter
Louise Marlow, Wellesley College
Maria Mavroudi, University of California
Kathryn A. Miller, University of Jordan
Sarah Stroumsa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gregor Schwarb, SOAS University of London
Uriel Simonsohn, University of Haifa
Hua Tao, Nanjing University
Luke Yarbrough, UCLA


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