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The History and Islamic Studies Research Team : Objectives and Practices

This research team brings together historians and specialists in Islamic studies. Their research covers a broad timescale, from the 7th to the 20th century, and a geographic area stretching from the Maghreb to Iran, including the Arabic Peninsula and Turkey.

Working with approaches from social history, cultural history and political history, the historians study a diverse array of themes and fields : religious figures, nationalisms and borders, archival practices and historiographic writings, circulations, teaching and education, law (studied through its sources, practices and applications), urban history and rural history studies, colonial and postcolonial studies. Special attention is given to the analysis of source production (Arabic, Ottoman, Persian and Western), in all their diversity : legal sources, accounts and memoirs, fiction, historiographic and scientific writings, chronicles, institutional and administrative documents, archival collections etc.

The research in Islamic studies looks at the doctrines and practices of Islam, from the classical to the contemporary era. In particular, this includes participation in ANR PROPHET, a French National Research Agency project (The Presence of the Prophet : Muhammad in the mirror of his community in early modern and modern Islam), critical thought and a comparative approach to anti-philosophical trends in the three monotheisms, and the corpus of the prophetic tradition (hadîth). This work is also tied to research on the sociology of the religious field, and specifically of Islamic practices in France and in Europe.

The members of the History and Islamic Studies team are particularly involved in the laboratory’s three cross-disciplinary axes (Educational Policies, Circulations, and Conditions of Knowledge Production), and also in research training for the masters students (Level 1 and Level 2) at the Department of Middle-Eastern Studies and at the Aix-Marseille University History Department. They meet once a month for a presentation of current research.

Partnership Programs :

  • Participation in ERC HORNEAST (Horn and Crescent : Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages), 2017-2022, Director : Julien LOISEAU.
  • Participation in ANR PROPHET (The Presence of the Prophet : Muhammad in the mirror of his community in early modern and modern Islam), Director : Rachida CHIH FAULKS (CETOBAC, Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asian Studies) and Prof. Dr. Stefan REICHMUTH (Ruhr-University Bochum), April 2017-April 2020 – with the participation of Denis GRIL, E. CHAUMONT, N. ZOUGGAR.
  • Participation in ANRPROCIT (Citizenship and property in the northern and southern Mediterranean, 16th-19th centuries), Director : Simona CERUTTI (Center for Historical Studies, UMR8558), January 2017-June 2020 – with the participation of Isabelle GRANGAUD.
  • Research Seminars and Collective Works :

The History team’s monthly seminar : Presentation of current research.

Islam : Past and Present-Day Doctrines, Institutions and Practices : The ḥadīṯ : Corpus, Transmission, Customs and Debates, seminar organised by Eric CHAUMONT, Myriam LAAKILI, Ahmed OULDDALI, Nadjet ZOUGGAR.

Persian and Ottoman Sources : Historical Anthropology Seminar : Medieval Anatolia, Iran & Central Asia, organised by Michel BALIVET, Homa LESSAN PEZECHKI and Camille RHONÉ-QUER.

Law, Sources, Practices and Customs : Ottoman-era religious foundations (waqf) in Alexandria (critical translations) : Ghislaine ALLEAUME, Isabelle GRANGAUD, Brigitte MARINO, Michel TUCHSCHERER.

Principal Themes :

1. Law : Sources, Practices and Customs
2. Islam : Past and Present-Day Doctrines, Institutions and Practices
3. Persian and Ottoman Sources


Team Members

Team Leader : Juliette Honvault
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1. Law : Sources, Practices and Customs

This theme is a continuation of research that has been conducted for a few years at the Iremam on urban history, inventories after death and ownership.

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2. Islam : Past and Present-Day Doctrines, Institutions and Practices

The research in Islamic studies looks at the doctrines and practices of Islam, from the classical to the contemporary era.

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3. Persian and Ottoman Sources

Using comparative Turkish and Ottoman history, the research in this theme is based on the collaboration between historians and linguists, and aims chiefly to compile an anthology of previously unpublished Persian-language chronicles from the Seljuk period and early Ottoman history

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