Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, Faculty of Humanities
Christian Mauder (PhD 2017, University of Göttingen) is an intellectual, religious, and social historian of the Islamic world, with a focus on the late middle and early modern periods. Before joining the University of Bergen in 2020 as associate professor in the study of religions with specialization in Islam, he completed postdoctoral appointments at Yale University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New York University Abu Dhabi, and the University of Bonn. His first monograph Gelehrte Krieger: Die Mamluken als Träger arabischsprachiger Bildung nach al-Ṣafadī, al-Maqrīzī und weiteren Quellen (Olms, 2012) examines the Arabic biographies of several hundred Muslim soldiers and officers of the 13th–15th centuries and discusses their involvement in religious and intellectual activities. His second monograph In the Sultan’s Salon: Learning, Religion and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501–1516) (Brill, 2021) constitutes the first in-depth analysis of an Egyptian court as a transregional center of Islamic intellectual, religious, and political culture at the turn from the late middle to the early modern period. In addition to these monographs, he has published articles, edited volumes, and book chapters on Christian-Muslim relations, Middle Eastern Christianity, Islamic eschatology, and the reception of the Quran.