Visitors and External Participants

External Contributors

A great numbers of scholars, academics and students have already contributed to the RELMIN project either by participating to conferences, seminars or workshops or by coming to Nantes for a short period of time to work with the team.

Invited members


    • Tessa Calders 
      Professor in the Department of Semitic Philology, Hebrew section at the University of Barcelona, and president of the Món Juïc Institute, Tessa Calders works on Catalan Jews. Her thesis was entitled El Ben ha-melek we-ha-nazir d’Abraham Ben Semuel Ha-Leví Ibn-Hasday(Barcelona, 1984).


    • Emre Celebi
      Doctoral student from the University of Madrid, his research are centered on the life and judicial legacy of Ibn al-Qasim (128-191/746-806). He provides RELMIN his expertise regarding the legal status of non-Muslims in Maliki sources and Fatwas from north Africa and Muslim Spain.


    • Giovanni De Bonfils
      Professor of Roman law at the University of Bari, Giovanni de Bonfils is a specialist in imperial legislation concerning the Jews in late antiquity.


    • Nicholas De Lange 
      Professor of Jewish and Hebrew studies at the University of Cambridge, Nicholas de Lange is a specialist in the history of Judaism, especially Hellenistic and Byzantine. He also works on the reception and transmission of translations of the Greek Bible, on Hebrew literature, and on Jewish theology. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the “Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire” project financed by the European Research Council. Jewish reception of Greek Bible versions: studies in their use in late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Tübingen, 2009); Hebrew Manuscripts of the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2002).


    • Benjamin De Lee 
      is specialized in Byzantine history. He works more specifically on the relation with Islam and the polemic with nine-century author Niketas Byzantios. With regards to his contribution to RELMIN, he will be working for the week on the documents concerning Jews and Judaism from the Council in Trullo: entering the texts and translations  and providing commentary and bibliography, etc.

    • David Freidenreich 
      Assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, he works on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim laws, as well as religious identity and food.  Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law (University of California Press, 2011).

    • Rena Lauer 
      PhD Candidate at Harvard, and is a visiting researcher at the RELMIN pro-ject from May 29 to June 4, 2012. Her research focuses on minority life on the borders of medieval Christendom. Rena's dissertation is a social history of the Jews of Venetian Crete in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Using Hebrew and Latin sources, this study ex-plores how the Jews of Crete's colonial capital, Candia (modern Iraklion), negotiated their position in society vis-a-vis the Venetian colonial administration, their Latin and Greek neighbors, and internal-ly as a Jewish community. Her work on this project has been recognized with awards from the Delmas Founda-tion, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture..

    • Amnon Linder 
      Professor emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Amnon Linder is a specialist in the intellectual history of medieval Europe, and in particular on the Jews of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The Jews in the legal sources of the early Middle Ages (Jerusalem, 1997); The Jews in Roman imperial legislation (Jerusalem, 1987).


    • Alexander Mallet, Post-doctoral researcher working on relations between Muslims and Christians in the context of crusades. Il received his Bachelor and Master degrees in medieval history from the University of London and defended his thesis in Islamic history at the University of Edinburgh. He co-edidted Christian-muslim relations: A bibliographical history(Leiden: Brill, 2009-2013). His book, Responses from the margins of islamic society to the Frankish presence in the Middle East, c. 1097-1291 is to be published.


    • Esperança Valls 
      Researcher in the Department of Semitic Philology, Hebrew section at the University of Barcelona and a member of the Món Juïc Institute, Esperança Valls works on Catalan Jews in Hebrew sources. Regest dels documents de l’Arxiu Diocesà de Barcelona relatius als jueus (Barcelona, 2008).


    • Rebecca Winer, Villanova University
      Doctor Rebecca Winer is specialised in interreligous relations, gender and family history in medieval Iberia. In addition to her talk entitled 'Conscripting the Breasts: Marriage, Mothering and Wetnursing among Medieval Catalan Jews' given on the Nov. 6th. workshop, she has been invited to contribute to the RELMIN database and to work closely with the team members.


    • Ragnhild Zorgati 
      She visited the RELMIN project from the University of Oslo where she teaches. She has worked in particular on texts about interreligious sexuality and marriage. She presided over the RELMIN workshop on April 12th.

Speakers at RELMIN conferences and seminars


    • Soha Abboud, UCM, Departamento de Estudios Arabes e Islámicos


    • Anna Sapir Abulafia, Cambridge


    • Camilla Adang, Tel Aviv University
    • Cyrille Aillet 
      Maître de conférences en Histoire des mondes musulmans médiévaux à l’Université Lumière-Lyon 2, Cyrille Maître de conférences in history of the medieval Muslim world at the Université Lumière-Lyon é, Cyrille Aillet works on the history of al-Andalus and the Muslim west, 7th-12th centuries, the Christian communities in Islamic lands and the history of dhimmis, intercommunity frontiers and construction of minority identities in Islamic lands, and the process of Islamisation and Arabisation in the Muslim west. Her 2005 thesis was entitled Islamisation, arabisation et christianisme en péninsule Ibérique (IXe-XIIe siècles).


    • Clara Almagro Vidal, Archivo Chancillería de Granada


    • Yavuz Aykan, IEA Nantes.


    • Elisheva Baumgarten, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.


    • Simon Barton, University of Exeter.


    • Bat-Sheva Albert 
      She has been director of the General History department at Bar Ilan University for six years, member of the directorial committee of the Faculty of Jewish Studies, co-editor of three volumes of Bar-Ilan Studies in History, and editorial consultant for two volumes of medieval history published by the Open University. She is currently researching Julian of Toledo and the biblical exegesis of Innocent III.
    • Mohammed Hocine Benkheira, EPHE.
    • Nora Berend 
      Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of the University of Cambridge and at the College of St Catherine, Nora Berend is a specialist in religious minorities (Muslims, Jews, and pagans) in Hungary and Central Europe. At the Gate of Christendom: Jews, Muslims and ‘pagans’ in Medieval Hungary c. 1000- c. 1300 (Cambridge, 2001) ; Christianization and the rise of Christian monarchy: Central Europe, Scandinavia and Rus’ c. 950- c. 1200 (Cambridge, 2007).
    • Lajos Berkes, Universität Heidelberg.


    • Marianna BD. Birnbaum, UCLA/CEU.


    • Stéphane Boisselier
      Professor of History at the Université de Poitiers, Stéphane Boisselier directs the “Péninsule ibérique/Méditerranée” team at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale. He is a specialist in Portugal and questions of settlement and territoriality. L’autre Reconquête : la naissance du Portugal sous la dynastie de Bourgogne (Madrid, 2010).


    • Henri Bresc 
      Professor at the Université de Paris X Nanterre and director of the Centre d’histoire sociale et culturelle de l’Occident (CHSCO), Henri Bresc is a specialist in medieval Sicily and is mostly interested in relations between the three monotheistic religions in the Mediterranean during the period of the central and late Middle Ages. Arabes de la langue, Juifs de religion. L'évolution du judaïsme sicilien dans l'environnement latin (XIIe-XVe siècles) (Paris, 2001) ; Un monde méditerranéen. Économie et société en Sicile, 1300-1450 (Rome, 1986).


  • Eveline Brugger, St Pölten


  • Philippe Buc, Universität Wien


  • Susana Calvo Capilla, UCM.


  • María Arcas Campoy, Universidad de La Laguna


  • Alfonso Carmona


  • Javier Castano, CSIC, Madrid


  • Robert Chazan, NYU


    • Mohamed Cherif 
      Teacher-researcher at Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetuan (Morocco), he works on al-Andalus in the Almohad era.  Individu et pouvoir dans les pays islamo-méditerranéens (Paris, 2009).


    • Jacques Chiffoleau 
      Director of studies at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, he directs the Corpus électronique des lettres pontificales project. He is a specialist in the history of justice, law, and the papacy in Avignon. Justices du pape. Délinquance et criminalité dans la région d’Avignon à la fin du Moyen Age (Paris, 1984) ; Economie et religion. L’expérience des ordres mendiants (XIVe-XVe siècle) (Lyon, 2009).


    • Georg Christ, University of Manchester.


    • François Clément 
      Maître de conférences in Arab language and civilisation and director of the Arabic Studies department at the Université de Nantes, François Clément is a specialist in the history of the Arabo-Muslim world in the classical period, in particular that of the Muslim west (al-Andalus and the extreme Maghreb) from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Minorités et régulation sociale en Méditerranée médiévale (Rennes, 2010 sous presse) ; Culture arabe et culture européenne. L'Inconnu au turban dans l'album de famille (Paris, 2006).


    • Christoph Cluse, Universitat Trier


    • Jeremy Cohen, Tel Aviv University
    • Claude Denjean 
      Maître de conférences HDR in medieval history at the Univeristé de Toulouse II le Mirail, coordinator of the Franco-Spanish research group Jacov (from Jews and Christians to the origins of medieval values), she works on economic relations between Jews and Christians in Aragon in the 13th century and on justice. Juifs et chrétiens. De Perpignan à Puigcerda, XIII-XIVe siècles (Perpignan, 2004).


    • Philippe Depreux
      Professor of history at the Université de Limoges (France) and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He studies the political, institutional, and social history, of the early and central Middle Ages. He is the author of many works including Charlemagne et la dynastie carolingienne (Paris, 2007) ; Les Sociétés occidentales du milieu du VIe à la fin du IXe siècle (Rennes, 2002).


    • Vincent Déroche
      Research director at CNRS and adjoint director of the Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, Vincent Deroche is a specialist in Byzantine Jews. Entre Rome et l'islam : les chrétientés d'Orient, 610-1054 (Paris, 1997) ; Juifs et chrétiens en Orient byzantin (Paris, 2010).


    • Ana Echevarría 
      Professo rat UNED, Ana Echevarría works on relations between Muslims and Christians, especially interreligious polemic, Castilian mudejars, conversion, and crusade. La minoría islámica de los reinos cristianos medievales. Moros, sarracenos, mudéjares (Málaga, 2004) ; Los moriscos (Málaga, 2009).


    • Maribel Fierro 
      Professor of Arabic at the Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo de Madrid, she works on the history of al-Andalus, Muslim religion and law, as well as violence in the Arab world. She is currently director of the ERC project Kohepocu (Knowledge, Heresy and Political Culture in the Islamic West, 8th-15th centuries). Urbanismo y organización del espacio habitado en el Occidente musulmán: aspectos jurídicos (Madrid, 2000) ; Judíos en tierras de Islam. I. Judíos y musulmanes en al-Andalus y el Magreb (Madrid, 2002).


    • Maria Jesús Fuente 
      Professor of medieval history at the Charles III University of Madrid, her interests lie in the history of the Jews, Muslims, and Christians of Spain as well as the financial history of Spanish cities in the Middle Ages. In particular she works on the history of women in late antique and medieval Spain, and has recently published Reinas medievales en los reinos hispánicos (Madrid, 2003); “Christian, Jewish, and Muslim women in late medieval Iberia”, Medieval Encounters 15 (2009).


    • Pierre-Anne Forcadet
      Université d'Angers


    • Pierre Ganivet 
      Maître de conférences in history of law at the Université d’Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand I). He defended his doctoral thesis in 2000, entitled “Recherches sur l’évolution des pouvoirs dans les pays lyonnais de l’époque carolingienne aux lendemains de l’an mil.”


    • Alejandro Garcia Sanjuan 
      Professor at the University of Huelva, he works in particular on the Kingdom of Seville in the late Middle Ages. Till God Inherits the Earth. Islamic Pious Endowments in al-Andalus (9-15th Centuries) (Leiden, 2007).

    • Dominique Gaurier, Université de Nantes.


    • Sylvie-Anne Goldberg


    • Raul González-Salinero 
      “Ramón y Cajal” professor et researcher in ancient history at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia de Madrid. His research focuses on religious, ideological, and social conflicts in late antiquity and the Visigothic era, and on anti-Jewish polemic in western Christian literature (4th-7th centuries). He is the author of Infelix Iudaea. La polémica antijudía en el pensamiento histórico-político de Prudencio (Madrid, 2010); Judíos y cristianos durante la Antigüedad tardía. Entre la convivencia y la controversia (Barcelone, 2006).


    • Pierre Guichard 
      Professor emeritus at the Université de Lyon 2, Pierre Guichard is a specialist in Muslim Spain and its relations with the Christian world. Al-Andalus, 711-1492 (Paris, 2001); Les royaumes des taifas. Apogée culturel et déclin politique des émirats andalous du XIe siècle (Paris, 2007).


    • Eva Haverkamp, EAJS


    • Johannes Heil 
      Professor at the College of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg (Germany), where he is also the first vice-rector. His research focuses on the history, religion, and culture of the Jews of Europe in the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era. He has published many studies, including Kompilation oder Konstruktion? Die Juden in den Pauluskommentaren des 9. Jahrhunderts, Forschungen zur Geschichte der Juden, Abteilung A : Abhandlungen, Band 6 (Hannovre, 1998).


    • Jocelyn Hendrickson 
      Assistant professor of oriental religions at Whitman College, Jocelyn Hendrickson defended her thesis in 2009, entitledThe Islamic Obligation to Emigrate: Al-Wansharisi's Asna al-Matajir Reconsidered.


    • Danièle Iancu-Agou, Nouvelle Gallia Judaica


    • Dominique Iogna-Prat, EHESS.


    • Kurt Jensen, University of Southern Denmark.


    • Bruno Judic 
      Professor of medieval history at the Université François Rabelais de Tours. He works on the religious history of the early European Middle Ages and is also a specialist in historical anthropology. He has participated in the editing of a large number of texts of Gregory the Great. Among his publications are Les sociétés du haut Moyen Âge en occident, éds. Laurent Feller et Bruno Judic (Paris, 2010) et « Décrire la société féodale à l’aide de Grégoire le Grand ? » in Regards croisés sur l’œuvre de Georges Duby (Lyon, 2000).

  • Samir Khalil Samir, CEDRAC, Beirut
    • Martha Keil


    • Katrin Kogman-Appel, Ben Gurion University


    • Maurice Kriegel 
      Director of studies at EHESS, Maurice Kriegel is interested in the renewal of the cultural and religious heritage of Jewish communities in the Middle Ages, through philosophical and kabbalistic works. He also reflects on the place occupied by this religious minority in the heart of a Christian society, between persecution, protection, and integration. Philosophie et judaïsme (Paris, 2008) ; Les Juifs dans l’Europe méditerranéenne à la fin du Moyen Age (Paris, 1979).


    • Tijana Kristic, Central European University.


    • Maria Filomena Lopes de Barros, Universidade de Évora


    • Kyra Lyublyanovics,
      Central European University, Budapest.


    • Paul Magdalino 
      He is Bishop Wardlaw professor of Byzantine history at the University of St. Andrews and professor of history at Koç University in Istanbul. His interests include the social and religious history of the Byzantine Empire, relations between the Empire and western Europe, as well as the history and geography of the city of Constantinople. He has recently editedThe Occult Sciences in Byzantium (with M. Mavroudi, Geneva, 2007); The Old Testament in Byzantium (with R. Nelson, Dumbarton Oaks, 2010); he has also given papers on “Byzantium as a new Israel”.


    • Guiseppe Mandala 
      Director of research at CISC in Madrid for the Institut de Langues et Cultures de la Méditerranée et d’Orient, Guiseppe Mandala works on Muslim Sicily.


    • Elsa Marmursztejn 
      Université de Reims


    • Céline Martin 
      Maître de conférences at the Université de Bordeaux III (France). She obtained her doctorate at EHESS with her thesis La géographie du pouvoir en Espagne visigothique. She also holds an agrégation d’histoire. Her research focuses on Spain in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Among her publications is La géographie du pouvoir dans l’Espagne visigothique (Lille, 2003).


    • Ralph W. Mathisen 
      Professor of history and classical and medieval studies at the Unversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana (United States). He defended his thesis in 1979, entitled The Ecclesiastical Aristocracy of Fifth-Century Gaul: A Regional Analysis of Family Structure. He has held many teaching and research positions and has directed many scientific journals including the Journal of Late Antiquity (Johns Hopkins University Press). Among his publications are Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: Prehistory to 640 CE (Oxford, 2011).


    • Jean-Pierre Molénat 
      Emeritus director of research at CNRS-IRHT for the Arabic setion, Jean-Paul Molénat is a specialist in the Muslims of the city of Toledo. Minorías y migraciones en la historia (Ed. Universidad de Salamanca, 2004).


    • Juan-Pedro Monferrer-Sala, University of Cordoba 
    • Yolanda Moreno Moreno, UNED, Madrid
    • Christian Müller 
      Director of research at CNRS-IRHT, Christian Müller is in charge of the European project ILM (Islamic Law Materialized). He is a specialist in Muslim law, as well as Arabic philology and codicology. Gerichtspraxis im Stadtstaat Córdoba: zum Recht der Gesellschaft in einer malikitisch-islamischen Rechtstradition des 5./11. Jahrhunderts (Leiden, 1999).


    • Robin Mundill, University of Saint Andrews.


    • Gérard Nahon, EPHE, Nouvelle Gallia Judaica


    • Annliese Nef 
      Maître de Conférences in medieval history at the Université de Paris IV Sorbonne, Annliese Nef studies Sicily (Islamic, Norman et Swabian; Jewish communities) and the Maghreb. In collaboration with Philippe Jansen and Christophe Picard, La Méditerranée entre pays d’Islam et monde latin (milieu Xe-milieu XIIIe siècle) (Paris, 2000).


    • Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, EPHE



  • Pablo Ortego (UCM, Academia de la Historia, Madrid)


  • Johannes Pahlitzsch, University of Berlin, Germany
    • Alexander Panayotov 
      Associate researcher at the Centre for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the team working on the ERC project “Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire.” His research focuses on Jewish archaeology and epigraphy in the Byzantine Empire. He has recently published “The first Jewish communities in the Balkans and the Aegean” in Studies in Memory of Prof. Velizkar Velkov (eds. P. Delev et al., Sofia, 2009).


    • Óscar Prieto-Domínguez 
      Postdoctoral researcher at the Centre d'études byzantines, néo-helléniques et Sud-Est européennes of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, Paris). He is the author of  “Los acercamientos científicos a la epistolografía griega y sus enfoques teóricos”, Estudios Clásicos 133 (2008); De Alieno Nostrum: el Centón profano en el mundo griego (Salamanque, 2011).


  • Cristina de la Puente Gónzalez (CSIC, Madrid)


  • Francisco Rodriguez Bernal (U. Lérida) 


    • Marina Rustow 
      Associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, Marina Rustow studies the Jewish communities of the medieval Mediterranean, and more generally the medieval history of the Middle East. Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (Cornell University Press, 2008).


    • Janina Safran 
      Associate professor in the department of history at the University of Pennsylvania, Janina Safran works on al-Andalus, and more specifically on how the political and religious authorities were accomodated and adapted to Arab-Islamic cultural norms, and conversion to Islam. The Second Umayyad Caliphate: The Articulation of Caliphal Legitimacy in al-Andalus (Harvard, 2000).


    • Marianne Saghy, Central European University.


    • Patrick Sänger, Universität Heidelberg.


    • Marcell Sebök, Central European University, Budapest.


    • Delfina Serrano, CSIC, Madrid


    • Josep Serrano Daura, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


    • Ram Ben Shalom, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


    • Juliette Sibon 
      Centre Universitaire Jean-François Champollion, Albi.


    • Petra Sijpesteijn 
      Professor at the University of Leiden, she works on Arabic culture and language. The Administration of Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt (American Studies in Papyrology), pp. 102-119.


    • Uriel Simonsohn, university of Haifa.


    • Myriam Soria 
      Maître de conférences at the Department of History at the Université de Poitiers, Myriam Soria specialises in the history of bishops, and schisms within the papacy. In particular she has studied the use of canon law to combat schismatics. La crosse brisée : Des évêques agressés dans une Eglise en conflits (Turnhout, 2005).


    • Claire Soussen 
      Maître de conférences in history at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise and member of the Framespa laboratory in Toulouse. She works on Spanish Jews and Hebrew law. Her 2005 thesis was entitled "Iudei Nostri", pouvoir royal, communautés juives et société chrétienne dans les territoires de la Couronne d'Aragon au XIIIe et première moitié du XIVe siècle.

    • Katarzyna K. Starczewska,  (CSIC, Madrid -CORPI)


    • Rachel Stocking 
      Professor of history at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. She teaches ancient and medieval history. She works on the history of Spain in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages and is currently studying anti-Jewish legislation in the Visigothic kingdom. She is the author of “Early Medieval Christian identity and anti-Judaism: the case of the Visigothic Kingdom”, Religion Compass 2.4 (2008); Bishops, Councils, and Consensus in the Visigothic Kingdom, 589-633(Michigan, 2000).


    • Kenneth Stow
      University of Haifa


    • Debra Strickland


    • Katalina Szende, Central European University, Budapest.


    • Herman Teule, University of Nijmegen - University of Leuven
    • Matthieu Tillier
      Institut français du Proche-Orient.


    • Julien Théry, Université de Montpellier 3.


    • Michael Toch 
      Professor of medieval history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on the history of Jews in the medieval and beginning of the modern period in Germany and Europe. He has also dedicated much of his work to social and economic history. He is the author of a large number of studies, including Die ältesten Rechnungsbücher des Klosters Scheyern 1339-1363 (Munich, 2000); Peasants and Jews in Medieval Germany: Studies in Cultural, Social and Economic History (Aldershot, 2003).


    • Dominique Valérian 
      Maître de conférences in medieval history at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, medieval Islam laboratory, Dominique Valérian is a specialist in port networks in the medieval Mediterranean, the cities of the Maghred, the economic history of the medieval Mediterranean, and relations between Islam and Christianity. Les sources italiennes de l’histoire du Maghreb médiéval. Inventaire critique (Saint-Denis, 2006); Bougie, port maghrébin. 1067-1510 (Rome, 2006).


    • María Jesús Viguera Molíns 
      Professor at Complutense University in Madrid in the departement of Arab and Islamic studies, María Jesús Viguera Molíns works on Muslims in the Iberian peninsula in the Middle Ages and in the Maghreb. Del Nilo al Ebro: estudios sobre las fuentes de la conquista islámica (Alcalá de Henares, 2009).


    • Elise Voguet 
      Director of research at CNRS-IRHT for the Arabic section, Elise Voguet works on the rural world of the central Maghreb and the Muslim west. Entre réalités sociales et construction juridique : le monde rural du Maghreb central d’après les Nawazil Mazuna (thesis Paris 1, 2007).


    • David Wasserstein 
      Professor at Vanderbilt University, David Wasserstein studies medieval Jewish and Muslim history in Spain, and Muslim numismatics. Dhimmis and Others: Jews and Christians and the World of Classical Islam (1997) ; From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East (Cambridge, 2009).


    • Brigit Weidl


  • Dorotea Weltecke, University of Konstanz

    • Carsten Wilke, Central European University.


    • Myriam Wissa, SOAS, University of London



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