with Sumaiya Hamdani
hosted by Graham Cornwell
The story of the twelfth-century scholar Umaya b. `Abd al-`Aziz Abu al-Salt al-Dani al-Ishbili starts in al-Andalus but moves eastward, to Fatimid Cairo and Zirid Tunisia. His movement across the Mediterranean illustrates a west-east transmission of knowledge and intellectual culture. A prolific scholar trained in diverse fields, Abu al-Salt's story traces scholarly links between multiple medieval Islamic states. Professor Sumaiya Hamdani joins Graham Cornwell to discuss her work on Abu al-Salt and the historiography of intellectual culture in the medieval Mediterranean.
Sumaiya Hamdani. "Worlds apart? An Andalusi in Fatimid Egypt." Journal of North African Studies 19.1 (2014): 56-67.
Hamdani, Sumaiya. Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood : Qadi Al-Nuʻman and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy. London: I. B. Tauris, 2006.
Salma Khadra Jayyusi. The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Volume 1. Brill: 2000.
Yaacov Lev. State and Society in Fatimid Egypt, Volume 1. Brill: 1991.
Amin Maalouf. Leo Africanus. New Amsterdam Books: 1998.
Stephen O' Shea. Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World. Walker: 2007.