The Origins of the Islamic State: Sovereignty and Power in the Middle Ages

Start: Feb 16, 2017 11:00 AM
End: Feb 17, 2017 05:30 PM

Location: Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The Origins of the Islamic State: Sovereignty and Power in the Middle Ages

The conference 'The Origins of the Islamic State: Sovereignty and Power in the Middle Ages' will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 16 & 17 February.

This is a free event, organised by Corisande Fenwick and generously supported by a British Academy BARSEA award.


Thursday 16 February: Day 1 (11am-6pm)
  • 11:15am Introduction: Corisande Fenwick (UCL)
  • 11:30am Keynote Lecture: Early Islam in Comparative Perspective: How Different was the Caliphate?: Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh)

Lunch 12:30-1:30pm (not provided)

3:45-4:15pm Coffee

  • 4:15pm Paying for the Caliphate - Fiscal practice in the documents of the Abbasid period and the continuing formation of the Early Islamic State: Marie Legendre (SOAS)
  • 5:00pm Taxation and protest against the early Islamic empire: Edmund Hayes (University of Tuebingen/ Leiden)

6pm Drinks Reception

Friday 17 February: Day 2 (10am-5:30pm)

  • 10:00am Introduction 
  • 10:15am How to Found an Islamic State: Rulership, Authority and City-building in Medieval North Africa: Corisande Fenwick (UCL)

1100-1130am Coffee

  • 11:30am The Malwiyya of Samarra: Symbol of Caliphal Authority: Andrew Petersen (University of Wales, Trinity St David)
  • 12:15pm When the mosque was an extension of the palace: the mihrab as throne-room?: Simon O’Meara (SOAS)

Lunch 1-2pm (not provided)

  • 2:00pm When the man of Maʿāfir ruled al-Andalus: caliphal legitimacy and power exercise in the Tenth Century: Xavier Ballestin (Universitat de Barcelona)
  • 2:45pm Revelational Politics: Justifying the Necessity of the Caliphate in Medieval Sunni Theological Writings: Han-Hsien Liew (Harvard)

3:30-4pm Coffee 

  • 4pm The Futuh in contemporary Muslim education in Britain: Philip Wood (Aga Khan University)
  • 4:45pm Concluding Keynote lecture : Daesh-Isis: the use and abuse of early Islamic history: Hugh Kennedy (SOAS)