Short CV/Education and training

  • 1983 – 1986
    Assistant at the Department of Arabic Studies Faculty of Philology – University Complutense Madrid

  • 1987
    Associate Professor at the Department of Arabic Studies Faculty of Philology – University Complutense Madrid

  • 1987 – 1992
    Research Assistant CSIC

  • 1992 – 2005
    Scientific Researcher CSIC

  • 1994 – 1995
    Herodotus fellow – Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

  • 1998
    March Directeur d´études associé, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – Centre de Recherches Historiques

  • 1999
    Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2005
    Research Professor CSIC

  • 2011
    Visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, autumn term. Mellon Islamic Studies Initiativ

Selected publications


  • 2005 Abd al-Rahman III: The first Cordoban caliph, Oneworld: Books for thoughtful people.

  • 1993 Abu Bakr al-Turtushi, Kitab al-hawadith wa-l-bida' (El libro de las novedades y las innovaciones), transl. and study, Madrid: CSIC.

  • 1988 Muhammad b. Waddah al-Qurtubi (m. 287/900), Kitab al-bida` (Tratado contra las innovaciones), ed. and study, Madrid: CSIC

Edition of books

  • 2010 vol. II The Western Islamic world, eleventh-eighteenth centuries de The New Cambridge History of Islam, Cambridge University Press. 2009 with Christian Lange, Public violence in Islamic societies: Power, discipline and the construction of the public sphere (7th-19th centuries CE), Edinburgh Univ. Press.

  • 2008 With Francisco García Fitz, El cuerpo derrotado: cómo trataban musulmanes y cristianos a los enemigos vencidos (Península Ibérica, ss. VIII-XIII), Madrid: CSIC

  • 2005 P. Cressier , M. Fierro and L. Molina (eds.), Los almohades: problemas y perspectivas, Madrid: CSIC / Casa de Velázquez.

Articles and book chapters

  • 2011 'Colors and the quest for political legitimacy in the Islamic West', And Diverse Are Their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture (The Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art), ed. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, New Haven: Yale University Press, 78–97.

  • 2011 "A Muslim land without Jews or Christians: Almohad policies regarding the 'protected people'", Tischler, Matthias M. und Fidora, Alexander (Hrsg.), Christlicher Norden – Muslimischer Süden. Ansprüche und Wirklichkeiten von Christen, Juden und Muslimen auf der Iberischen Halbinsel im Hoch- und Spätmittelalter, Aschendorff Verlag, 2011, pp. 231–47

  • 2009 "Alfonso X the Wise, the last Almohad caliph?", Medieval Encounters 15 (2009), 175–198.

  • 2008 "Decapitation of Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Iberian Peninsula: narratives, images, contemporary perceptions", Comparative Literature Studies, 45/ 2, 137–64

  • 2006 "Ill-treated women seeking divorce: the Qur'anic two arbiters and judicial practice among the Malikis in al-Andalus and North Africa", in M.Kh. Masud, R. Peters and D. Powers (ed.), Dispensing Justice inIslam: Qadis and their Judgments, Leiden: Brill, 323–348.

Selected projects

  • Knowledge, heresy and political culture in the Islamic West (eighth-fifteenth centuries), Advanced Research Grant, European Research Council, 2009 – 2014

  • The public display of violence in Islamic societies, CSIC / Spanish Ministry of Education, 2006

  • Violence and punishment in premodern Islamic societies (Violencia y castigo en sociedades islámicas pre-modernas) al-Andalus and Maghreb, Spanish Ministry of Education, 2002 – 2006

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Committee on Philosophy, Philology and Linguistic -Comisión Nacional Evaluadora de la Actividad Investigadora (CNEAI), Spain, 2008 – 2010

  • Review Session on Philosophy and Religious Studies, Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments to Promote Science and Research at German Universities, 2006

  • Board of Directors (founding member) The International Society for Islamic Legal Studies, 2004 – 2009

  • Sectional editor (Religious sciences), Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition, 2002


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