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Van Steenbergen, Jo

Professor, Languages and Cultures


Jo Van Steenbergen (PhD KULeuven [Belgium], 2003) is research professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). He engages with the social and cultural history of the pre-modern Islamic world, with a particular focus on the Islamic middle period (ca. 1000-1500), on Egypt and Syria, on the practices, discourses and structures of power elites in the sultanate of Cairo (ca. 1200-1517), and on the de/construction of grand narratives in Mamluk/Islamic history. He was a research fellow of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC, 1997-8, 2003), a research assistant at KULeuven (Belgium) and the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO) (1998-2003), a lecturer at the University of St Andrews (2004-7), a senior research fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517) (Bonn, 2014-15), and a visiting lecturer/professor at the British Museum and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) (2006-13), at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) (2008), and at the National University of Malaysia (2009). Jo Van Steenbergen has been the recipient of a European Research Council Starting Grant (2009-14) and of a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (2016-21), for research projects on the political history of 15th-century Egypt and Syria (‘The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate’). Jo Van Steenbergen was general editor of al-Mas?q: the Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean (Routledge/Society for the Medieval Mediterranean) (2011-16). He is a member of the programming committee of the IMC (Leeds, UK), and editorial board member of Mamluk Studies (Bonn UP/ASK), The Medieval Mediterranean (Brill) and Annales Islamologiques (IFAO).

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Mediterranean Studies   
Turkish Studies   
Cultural Studies   
Mamluk Studies   
World History   
Urban Studies   
13th-18th Centuries   
Historiography   
State Formation   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Egypt   
Syria   
SPECIALTIES
History of Cairo   
Islamic History (pre-modern)   
Mamluk History and Culture   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Intermediate)   
Dutch (Native)   
French (Intermediate)   
German (Elementary)   
English (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2003Or StdsKatholieke U Leuven, Belgium
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Jo Van Steenbergen






Department of Languages & Cultures
University of Ghent
Blandijnberg 2
Gent
B-9000
Belgium
Phone:+32-92643555
Fax:+32-92644271
Jo.VanSteenbergen@Ugent.be

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