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ESR 12

Justin Benavidez

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→ Recruited at:

Escuela de Estudios Árabes / Consejo Superior de Investigación Científica (Spain

→ PHD enrolled at:

Universidad de Granada (Spain)

→ Title Dissertation:

Emigrant Andalusian Guides and Mentors: Migration, Networks, and Society in the 14th and 15th Cenury Mediterranea

→ Master Degree in:

Near Eastern Studies, University of California (Berkeley, USA) - 2010 & Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago (USA) - 2018


→ Supervisor: Dr. Mayte Penelas

She is Tenured Scientist at the School of Arabic Studies (Escuela de Estudios Árabes, EEA). Currently she is also the director of this research institute that belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC).
→ Co-Supervisor: Prof. Konrad Hirschler

He has been Professor of Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin since 2016 and was previously Professor of Middle Eastern History at SOAS (University of London). He is the main supervisor of Mahdieh Tavakol (ESR 8).

→ Co-Supervisor 2: Dr. Fieke Schoots

She is coordinating the data management support for researchers from Leiden University within the Centre for Digital Scholarship at Leiden University Libraries.

→ External Tutor: Sarah Johnson

Curator Middle East and North Africa at Stichting Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in The Netherlands.

The aim is to analyse this knowledge transfer network from a structural and operational point of view. By doing so, we expect to find the guidelines followed during this process, and will pay particular attention to the elements that allowed a seemingly inefficient system (which did not take advantage of writing, despite the early widespread use of paper) to prevail and be seriously recognised. The prestige granted to it is a peculiar and characteristic element of Arab- Islamic culture.

→ Al-Andalus, pre-modern literacy

Mohamed El-Moursi (ESR 1) 

→ Comparison past/present transmission of knowledge

Aleeha Zahra (ESR 11)

Links to other projects


→ Universiteit Leiden, Centre for Digital Scholarship – Leiden (April 2020)
‘Analysis and visualisation of knowledge transfer networks by using PUA, the repository of Andalusi scholars.’

→ Gotha Research Library – Gotha (May 2020)

'Text- and data mining techniques.’

→ Brill Publisher – Leiden (January 2021)

‘Academic publishing, Classical Arabic Texts Online’ 


→ Country

United States

→ Name

Justin Benavidez

→ Contact

Personal information

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Expected results



Film: ESR 12 Justin Benavidez



We are happy to present the next exciting topic and film of our ESR Justin Benavidez. His research focusses on the history of knowledge through the writings of Muhammad al-Qurtubi, from the city of Cordoba. The writings of al-Qurtubi (d. 1273), in particular his commentary of the Qur'an, offer insight into the ways in which ideas about religious knowledge were read, shared, and integrated into mainstream Islamic thought.

Enjoy Justin's academic storytelling!


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