Chaire sécable de l’IISMM-EHESS | Professeure invitée : Maribel Fierro (Sede del Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo – ILC-CSIC)


Maribel Fierro

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Maribel Fierro is Research Professor at the Institute for the Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). Her research focuses on the political and intellectual history of the pre-modern Islamic West (al-Andalus and North Africa) dealing among other topics with Islamic law, the construction of orthodoxy and the representation of violence in Arabic sources. Among her books ʽAbd al-Muʼmin. Mahdism and caliphate in the Islamic West (2021),ʽAbd al-Rahman III, the first Cordoban caliph (2005) and The Almohad revolution (2012). She has edited The Routledge Handbook on Muslim Iberia (2020) and Orthodoxy and heresy in Islam: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies (2013). She has edited The Routledge Handbook on Muslim Iberia (2020), and The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries, vol. II of The New Cambridge History of Islam (2010). She has held visiting positions at Hamburg University, Leiden University, Exeter University. Her work has been supported by Spanish Ministry of Education, the European Research Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Maribel Fierro will take part of the Visiting Professors Program designed by EHESS, on proposal of Pascal Buresi (CNRS, EHESS)




Présentation de l’ouvrage ʽAbd al-Muʼmin. Mahdism and caliphate in the Islamic West (Onebook, 2021)

‘Abd al-Mu’min (1094–1163) did not establish the first caliphate in the Islamic West, but his Almohad empire encompassed more territory than any that had preceded it. After defeating the Almoravids and conquering their capital Marrakesh, he united for the first time the whole of North Africa west of Egypt, and eventually took in the southern part of the Iberian peninsula. In this volume, Maribel Fierro explores how ‘Abd al-Mu’min and the Almohads shaped the history of the western Mediterranean. From al- Mu’min’s encounter with Almohad founder Ibn Tumart to his administration of empire, his violent repression of opposition, and the flourishing of scholarship and thought during his reign, she reveals an intelligent ruler and a skilled military commander who sought to build a lasting caliphate across disparate and diverse societies.

  • Lundi 6 février de 18h à 19h30 – Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lyon Saint-Etienne, 14 av. Berthelot, 69007 Lyon.


L’Egyptien Ibn al-Qāsim al-ʽUtaqī (m. 191/806) et les origines de l’école légale malikite

When did Andalusi scholars start to produce local knowledge? How was it linked to the knowledge produced elsewhere? Which peculiarities singled it out? In my lecture, building on the online database Historia de los Autores y Transmisores de al-Andalus (HATA), I will offer an overview of the process of reception of Arabo-Islamic knowledge in al-Andalus and the emergence and formation of a literate milieu.

Dans le cadre du séminaire “Islams médiévaux. La naissance du Maghreb, VIIe-IXe siècle” animé par Cyrille Aillet (Université Lyon 2)  

  • Mardi 7 février 2023 de 10h à 12h – Salle Ennat Léger, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lyon Saint-Etienne, 14 av. Berthelot, 69007 Lyon.


La production intellectuelle dans al-Andalus (VIIIe-XVe siécles) : bilan et perspectives

Medina played a crucial role in the ways Muslims of the Islamic West constructed their religiosity and followed the law, as well as in the political legitimization of their rulers. This role will be explored through an innovative practice, the sending of letters to be read at the Prophet’s grave in Medina, the development of a ‘virtual’ visitation of this grave, and a curious tale of how two Iberian Christians attempted to destroy it.

Dans le cadre du séminaire des Médiévistes (EHESS)

  • Jeudi 9 février 2023 de 10h à 12h – Amphithéâtre de la Maison Internationale des Langues et des Cultures, 35 rue Raulin, 69007 Lyon


Al-Andalus dans le présent : usage et abus

Al-Andalus is many things, among others a ‘combat-concept’ as recently described in Rachel Scott, AbdoolKarim Vakil and Julian Weiss (eds.), Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts, and as such it is used to fight battles that can produce victims and that vary – sometimes considerably – according to where the audiences are located and their religious, ideological, political and national allegiances or interests.

Dans le cadre du séminaire “Actualités de la recherche en histoire de l’Islam médiéval” (EHESS)

  • Jeudi 9 février 2023 de 14h à 16h – Salle Ennat Léger, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Lyon Saint-Etienne, 14 av. Berthelot, 69007 Lyon.

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