LibMed 2022-2023

Revisiting the History of Medieval Libya (7th-16th centuries CE) – Schedule for 2022-2023

A monthly Webinar (Zoom)

  Link on demand at: libyemedievale@gmail.com

Despite being well-known for the Greek and Roman era, Libya remains rather unknown for the tenth centuries of the Islamic era, that began with the Islamic conquest of the 1st/7th century and ended with the progressive establishment of the Ottoman rule in the 10th/16th century. Thus, this webinar aims at reactivating the academic interest toward this space, that can be conceptualized as a crossroad within the global Islamic world, connecting the Maghrib with the Mashriq, the Mediterranean Sea and Saharan Africa. Following the first conference cycle (2021-2022), in 2022-2023 we will continue to explore the sources available to the historians to write, reshape and reconsider the history of medieval Libya. A special emphasis will be put on new corpuses, especially material documentation.

Organization committee : Hafed Abdouli (LERIC, University of Sfax, Tunisia) ; Inas Mohamed Ali Bubtana (Archaeology department, University of Benghazi, Libya) ; Sébastien Garnier (UMR 8230-Centre Jean-Pépin, France) ; Aurélien Montel (UMR 5648-CIHAM; UMR 8167-Orient&Méditerranée, France)

  • Session 1 (19 October 2022, 18h CET) :

“The Libyan Experience in Preserving the Medieval Heritage (Archaeological and Manuscript): what has been achieved, what the current situation is and which goals we propose” (in Arabic)

Salah Agab (Permanent Delegate of Libya to UNESCO, Paris)

  • Session 2 (16 November 2022, 18h CET)

“De cap de Mazurata fins a Port Trebuch. Catalan slave trade networks in late medieval Cyrenaica”

Iván Armenteros Martínez (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Session 3 (21 December 2022, 18h CET)

“A local memory of Tripolitania, between history and legend. How can we handle the ms. BnF Ar. 1892?”

Sébastien Garnier (Centre Jean Pépin-UMR 8230, Paris, France)

  • Session 4 (18 January 2023, 18h CET)

“From the Mountains to the Tripolitanian pre-desert: Analysing the spatial distribution of the gsour sites from the 6th to the 10th centuries CE” (in Arabic)

Muftah al-Haddad (az-Zaytuna University, Tarhuna, Libya)

  • Session 5 (22 February 2023, 18h CET)

“Science, trade and what lies between them… among the diaspora of Tripolitanian elites in the East, from Alexandria to Ghazna and Kolkata (5th/11th-10th/16th centuries)” (in Arabic)

Lotfi Ben Miled (Faculté des lettres, des arts et des humanités de la Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia)

  • Session 6 (22 March 2023, 18h)

The Manuscripts in Libya. The current situation and what we still ignore” (in Arabic)

Intiṣār Biankū (Omar Al-Mukhtar University, el-Beyda, Libya)

  • Session 7 (19 April 2023, 18h CET) 

“Libyan mints in the early medieval period” (in Arabic)    

Abdelhamid Fenina (Faculté des Lettres et de Sciences Humaines, Tunis, Tunisia)

  • Session 8 (24 May 2023, 18h CET) 

“Medieval Tripoli through the eyes of Christian captives from the Ottoman era: the narrative of the French surgeon Dominique Girard (17th century CE) as a case study”

Aurélien Montel (CIHAM-UMR 5648, Lyon, France)

  • Session 9 (21 June 2023, 18h CET)

“Arabic inscriptions from Cyrenaica (7th-10th centuries CE)” (in Arabic)

Inas Mohamed Ali Bubtana (University of Benghazi, Libya)

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