Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84994
Office: Lawson Hall 2229
Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00pm and Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm
For most incoming students Islamic history is a foreign universe. Therefore my first goal is to introduce students to the general themes of Islamic history, beginning with the rise of Islam in the 7th century A.D. Middle East. Those taking my introductory second year course will engage in reading the primary sources of the medieval and modern periods in translation. I encourage third and fourth year students to move to more focused and in depth study of social, cultural and economic themes in Islamic history. For the more advanced students, on the Master and Doctoral levels, I offer the possibility to specialize in specific fields of interest, through research papers. More specific training in the field includes familiarizing them with the research tools and the study of Arabic. Being a specialist in Islamic social and economic history I welcome particularly students with previous knowledge of economics or Middle Eastern languages to collaborate and participate in my research projects. I aim at training future scholars in the field of Islamic social and economic history; produce original and independent research work, and eventually teach in the field.
(2007) Her Day in Court: Women’s Property Rights and Islamic Law in Fifteenth Century Granada . Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. 2007, 277 pp.
(2000) The Berbers and the Islamic State: The Marinid Experience in Pre-protectorate Morocco. Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton, 2000, 196 pp. This book studies how the Berbers participated in the process of the state's formation in the medieval Maghreb, while at the same time resisting uniformity and conformity to cultural norms and institutions, through which acculturation was enforced.
(1994) Labour in the Medieval Islamic World. Arab History and Civilization: Studies and Texts, 4. E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1994, viii+443 pp.
(1982) L'Historiographie mérinide: Ibn Khaldun et ses contemporains. E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1982, 182 pp. Arabic translation by Muhammad Shaqir and Muhammad Darib, Tawji Maktabat al-Umma, Rabat, 1993
(2005) Nationalism and Minority Identities in Islamic Societies . Papers delivered at the conference at the University of Western Ontario, December 2001. Edited by Maya Shatzmiller. Vol. 1 in the Western Series in Ethnic Conflict. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2005. 346 pp. Hard cover and paperback editions.
(2002) Islam and Bosnia: Conflict Resolution and Foreign Policy in Multi-Ethnic States. Papers delivered at the conference held at the University of Western Ontario, May, 1999. Edited by Maya Shatzmiller. McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, 2002. 220pp. Hard cover and paperback editions.
(1993) Crusaders and Muslims in 12th Century Syria . Papers delivered at the conference at the University of Western Ontario, November, 1988. Edited by Maya Shatzmiller. Vol.1. In the series: The Medieval Mediterranean Peoples, Economics and Cultures 400-1453. E. J. Brill, Leiden, New-York, Köln, 1993. 236 pp. Hard cover and paperback editions.
- "At the Origins of Middle Eastern trade, 700-1000 AD: An Application of the Gravity Theory of Trade" Economic Integration and Social Change in the Islamic World System 800-1000. H. Kennedy and F. Bessard eds. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018)
- "The Adoption of Paper in the Middle East, 700-1300 AD" The Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 61/3 (2018)
- "Prices and price formation in the Islamic Middle East: the role of money supply and state policies." In Prezzi delle cose nell'età preindustriale • The Prices of Things in Pre-industrial Times: selezione diricerche = Selection of essays. (Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2017). (Atti delle “Settimane di Studi” e altri Convegni, 48), pp.15-35.
- "Islam and Europe: Revisiting old theories in light of Prices." In Prezzi delle cose nell'età preindustriale • The Prices of Things in Pre-industrial Times : selezione di ricerche = Selection of essays. (Firenze : Firenze University Press, 2017) .(Atti delle “Settimane di Studi” e altri Convegni, 48), pp. 387-391.
- "Industries, Manufacturing and Labour" In ' A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Old Cairo' edited by Tasha Vorderstrasse and Tanya Treptow, Oriental Institute Museum Publications: University of Chicago Press, (Chicago, 2015), pp. 49-52.
- "El Mediterrani medieval i l’ordre global: Islam, moneda i mercats" In Lluís Cifuentes I Comamla, Roser Salicrú I Liuch, M Mercè Viladrich I Grau eds. Els catalans a la Mediterrània medieval. Noves fonts, recerques I perspectives. Viella, Rome, 2015, pp. 427-55.
- "Plagues, Wages, and Economic Change in the Islamic Middle East, 700-1500," The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 74, N0. 1 (March 2014), pp. 196-229. With S. Pamuk.
- "Human Capital Formation in Medieval Islam". In Workers of the World – International Journal on strikes and social conflict. ISSN: 2182-893. Special issue: Global Labour History" Volume I, number 3, May 2013, pp. 49-71.
- "The role of Money in the Economic Growth of the Early Islamic Period (650–1000)," Sources and Approaches across Disciplines in Near Eastern Studies –Proceedings of the 24th Congress, Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, Leipzig 2008, Ed. Verena Klemm et al. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 215, Peeters Publishers, Leuven- Paris-Walpole, MA, 2013, pp. 271-305.
- "The Female Body in Islamic Law and Medicine: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics," Attending to Early Modern Women. Conflict and Concord. University of Delaware Press, 2013, pp. 121-143.
- "Economic Performance and Economic Growth in the Early Islamic World" Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 54(2011), pp. 132-184.
- "Transcontinental Trade and Economic Growth in the Early Islamic Empire: The Red Sea Corridor in the 8th - 10th centuries" Connected Hinterlands. Proceedings of the Red Sea Project IV held at the University of Southampton, September, 2008. Ed. By Lucy Blue et al. Bar International Series 2052. Society for Arabian Studies, Monographs No. 8. Oxford, 2009, pp. 119-130.
- "A Misconstrued Link: Europe and the Economic History of Islamic Trade," Relazionie conomiche tra Europae mondo Islamico secc. XIII-XVIII, a cura di S. Cavaciocchi, (Firenze 2007), pp. 387-415. Le Monnier / Instituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini,” Atti delle Settimane di Studi e altri convegni, 38.
- "Islamic Institutions and Property Rights: The Case of the 'Public Good' Waqf," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 44/1(2001), pp. 44-74.
- The Encyclopedia of Islam Third Edition “Artisans. Up to 1500” 2012, pp. 29-36.
- "The Economic History of the Medieval Middle East: Strengths, Weaknesses and the Challenges Ahead," International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 44/3(2012), pp. 529-531.
- "Marinid Fez- Global Order and the Quest for Empire," Fez in World History. Selected essays. Al-Akhawayn University Press, Ifrane, Morocco, 2011, pp. 7-40.