Keynote Speakers


Amira K Bennison

Amira K. Bennison is Professor in the History and Culture of the Maghrib at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Magdalene College. Her teaching and research interests include the medieval Islamic West (Islamic Iberia and Morocco), Maghribi modes of legitimation and cultures of power, and 18th-19th century Muslim religio-political discourse and engagement with modernity. Her publications include The Almoravid and Almohad Empires (Edinburgh, 2016), The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib (Oxford, 2014); The Great Caliphs: the Golden Age of the ‘Abbasid Empire, (London, 2009); Cities in the Premodern Islamic World: the urban impact of religion, state and society, edited with Alison L. Gascoigne, (London, 2007); Jihad and its Interpretations in Pre-Colonial Morocco, (London, 2002), as well as numerous articles. She is currently working on a monograph about legitimation in the Maghrib over the longue durée, a general history of culture on the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar, and a history of Muslim Iberia. Amira has led cultural tours to many parts of the Middle East and North Africa and she contributes regularly to television programmes on Islamic history. She is also a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’.


Raymond Hinnebusch

Raymond Hinnebusch is professor of International relations and Middle East politics and Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St. Andrews. His works include Egypt Politics under Sadat (Cambridge 1980) Authoritarian Power and State Formation in Ba’thist Syria (Westview 1990) Syria: Revolution from above (Routledge: 2001); and International Politics of the Middle East (Manchester University Press 2003, 2015. He co-edited Syria: From Reform to Revolt, (Syracuse, 2014) The Syria Uprising: Domestic Factors and Early Trajectory (Routledge 2018) and The War for Syria: Regional and International factors in the Syrian Conflict (Routledge 2019); Foreign Policies of Middle East States (Lynne Rienner 2014; Turkey-Syria Relation: between Enmity and Amity, co-edited with Ozlem Tur, Ashgate Publishers, 2013; Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia, Edinburgh University Press, 2011; The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences, Lynne Rienner 2006; The Routledge Handbook to the Middle East and North African States and States System, Routledge 2019; he edited After the Arab Uprisings: between democratization, counter-revolution and state failure, Routledge 2016. 

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