List of Maps, Figures, Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Professional Mobility as a Defining Characteristic of Pre-Modern Islamic Societies
Mohamad El-Merheb and Mehdi Berriah
Part 1: Networks of Knowledge and Learning
1 Medinan Scholars on the Move: Professional Mobility at the Umayyad Court
2 Professional Mobility and Social Capital: A Note on the muḥaddithāt in Kitāb Tārīkh Baghdād
Nadia Maria El Cheikh
3 The Aqīt Household: Professional Mobility of a Berber Learned Elite in Premodern West Africa
Marta G. Novo
Part 2: Social Mobility and Professionalization
4 The Professional Mobility of Qāḍī ʿAbd al-Jabbār between the Quest for Knowledge and the Confluence with Power
5 Mobility and Versatility of the ʿulamāʾ in the Mamluk Period: The Case of Ibn Taymiyya
6 Mobility among the Andalusī quḍāt: Social Advancement and Spatial Displacement in a Professional Context
Adday Hernández López
Part 3: Power, Politics, and Mobility
7 Imām al-Ḥaramayn al-Juwaynī’s Mobility and the Saljūq’s Project of Sunnī Political Unity
M. Syifa Amin Widigdo
8 Iran’s State Literature under Afghan Rule (1722–1729)
9 Islamic Political Thought and Professional Mobility: The Intellectual and Empirical Worlds of Ibn Ṭalḥa and Ibn Jamāʿa
Mohamad El-Merheb is a historian of Islamic political thought. He studies the ideal of ‘the rule of law’ as expressed in advice literature under the Mamluks, Ayyubids, and Seljuqs. His other research interests include the depiction of kings Louis IX and Frederic II in Islamic historiography and professional mobility in pre-modern Islam.
Mehdi Berriah is Assistant Professor of Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam (VU). His research and publications focus on Islamic military history, furūsiyya, Islamic thought, jihad ideology, Islamic law of war and ulamology. He is currently leading a research project entitled « The taymiyyan corpus on jihad: reception, decontextualization and use by contemporary jihadist movements » funded by the French Ministry of the Interior.
Mehmetcan Akpinar, Amal Belkamel, Mehdi Berriah, Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Adday Hernández López, Konrad Hirschler, Mohamad El-Merheb, Marta G. Novo, M. A. H. Parsa, M. Syifa A. Widigdo.