Dr Yossef Rapoport

Reader in Islamic History

Location Arts Two 3.29

Email: y.rapoport@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8362

I am a historian of the social, cultural and legal aspects of life in the Islamic, Arabic-speaking Middle East in its Middle Ages, from about 1000 to 1500 AD.

I was trained in the universities of Tel Aviv (Israel), Princeton (USA) and Oxford, before joining Queen Mary in 2008.

 

Research 

My work mostly relates to the history of the Islamic Middle East under the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk dynasties. My main focus is the history of everyday life and the relatively unexplored history of women, slaves and peasants. I am also interested in the history of Islamic medieval maps.

My research has followed the following routes:

  • Women and gender in medieval Islam
  • History of Islamic law
  • Medieval Islamic maps
  • Peasants and nomads in the medieval Islam

Current PhD Students

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Fatimid, Ayyubid or Mamluk history
  • History of Islamic law
  • Family life in medieval Islam
  • History of Islamic cartography
  • Ibn Taymiyyah and his legacy

Publications 

Women and gender in medieval Islam

History of Islamic law

 

  • "Legal Diversity in the Age of Taqlīd: The Four Chief Qadis under the Mamluks", Islamic Law and Society, 10/2 (2003), 210-228.

Medieval Islamic maps

  • “The Nile in medieval Islamic maps”, in Charles Burnett , Pavel Blazek  and Alessandro Scafi (eds.),  The Nile in Medieval Thought and Culture (forthcoming, 2013).
  • “Reflections of Fatimid Power in the Maps of Island cities in the ‘Book of Curiosities”, in Martina Stercken / Ingrid Baumgärtner (Eds.), Herrschaft verorten. Politische Kartographie des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, (Medienwandel - Medienwechsel - Medienwissen), (Zürich: Chronos, 2012), 183–210.

Peasants and nomads in the medieval Islam

Islamic History - General

"New Directions in the Social history of the Mamluk Era", in Stephan Connermann (ed.), History and Society during the Mamluk Period (1250-1517). Studies of the Annemarie Schimmel Research College, volume 1 (Bonn University Press, 2014), 143-157.

"Gu Yanwu and Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406): The Risks of Returning the Gaze", Fragments Volume 1 (2011), 88-93 

Editorial Positions

Member of editorial board of Islamic Law and Society