Prof. Petra Marieke Sijpesteijn
- European Research Council (ERC)
- AcademiaNet member since 12.12.2011
- AcademiaNet- Selection Criteria
- Arts and Humanities/ Social sciences/ Cultural studies
History, Religion/Religious studies/Theology
Area of specialisation
Medieval history; islamic history; late antique history; Arabic philology; papyrology; social-economic history; palaeography
My research concentrates on the social and economic history of Late Antiquity, Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean; Arabic papyrology, codicology and palaeography; the use of documentary evidence; historiography and the history of Islamic and Arabic Studies.
Specific topics include:
History: The birth and rise of Islam; non-Muslim communities under Islam, mediaeval to modern; the spread of Islam, from the earliest conquests to the modern world; conversion and Arabisation from Muhammad to the present; Islamic popular culture; Mediterranean trade systems and the practice of mediaeval Islamic law.
Sources: Theory and methods of the study of Islam; material culture and history; archaeology; Arabic papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography; Judaeo-Arabic documents; classical Arabic language.
Context and Comparative Perspectives: The history of the Islamic world (600 to the present); the ancient Near Eastern context; Islam and the West; the origins of Islamic law; late antique monotheism; Islamic sects, from mediaeval Siffin to modern-day Najaf; Islamic mediaeval diplomacy; women in Islam, from Aisha to Hirsi Ali; Arab nation alism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Distinctions and Awards
European Research Council, 2009, Starters Grant
Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO), Netherlands, 2009 – 2012, Internationalisation Humanities Network Grant
Christ Church, Oxford. 2003 – 2007, Junior Research Fellowship
Department of Near Eastern Studies Thesis Award, Princeton University, 2005, Publication Grant for outstanding theses
Harold W. Dodds Fellowship, Princeton University, 2002 – 2003, Honorific Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton, September 2001 – June 2002, Dissertation Research Award
- Membership in scientific bodies
ancient Greek, Arabic, Coptic, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Spanish
2004: Near Eastern Studies
PostDoc qualification, e.g. Habilitation