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Caterina Bori

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: L-OR/10 History of Islamic Countries

Curriculum vitae

Short CV


2002 Ph.D, “La Sapienza”, University of Rome

1997 MA, SOAS, University of London

1996 BA, University of Bologna

Main academic appointments

2016 (May-July), Senior Fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, "History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)", Centre for Advanced Studies, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhems Universität Bonn.

2015 (Oct.) to present Associate professor in the History of Islam and Muslim Civilization, University of Bologna

2011- 2015 Assistant professor in the History of Islam and Muslim Civilization, University of Bologna.

2010-2011 Research fellow, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

2006-2007 Teaching fellow in the History of Islam and Near and middle East, SOAS, University of London

Grants and awards 

2010-2011 Individual research grant - DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) for the project: “Islamic pathways of reform: the reception of Ibn Taymiyya between the xvith and xviii centuries”.

2002-2003 Research grant for junior scholars - Institute of Religious Sciences– Istituto Trentino di Cultura – Trento (Italy).

1998-2001 Doctoral research grant, Department of Oriental Studies, University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

1996 Fees award grant - British Academy (UK)

1996 One year grant for post-graduate MAs abroad, University of Bologna.

Boards, fellowship and professional affiliation

- Editorial board of Cromohs, Cyber Review of Modern Historiography.

- Editorial board of the series, Chiese e culture religiose, New Digital Frontiers.

- Research associate (2007-) Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).

Selected publications


- Ibn Taymiyya: una vita esemplare. Analisi delle fonti classiche della sua biografia. Supplemento monografico n. 1 alla Rivista di Studi Orientali, LXXVI (2003) (Pisa-Roma: Istituti Poligrafici Internazionali, 2003), 233pp.

Edited books/journal special issues

- with Livnat Holtzman (ed.), A Scholar in the Shadow – Essays in the Legal and Theological Thought of Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyya, special issue of Oriente Moderno, n.s XC/1 (2010) (Roma: Herder), 293pp.

- Alfred -Louis de Prémare, Alle origini del Corano, prima edizione italiana a cura di Caterina Bori (Roma: Carocci, 2014).

- Ibn Taymiyya: Receptions (14th – 17th Century), special issue of The Musliwm World 108/1 (2018), pp. 206.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

- "Ibn Taymiyya (14th to 17thcentury): Transregional spaces of reading and reception", The Muslim World 108/1 (2018), pp. 87-123.

- “The Collection and Edition of Ibn Taymiyya's works: Concerns of Disciple” in: The Mamluk Studies Review xiii/2 (2009), pp. 47-67.

- “A new source for the biography of Ibn Taymiyya” in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 67/3 (2004), pp. 321-48.

Chapters in edited volumes

-"Ms Istanbul Şehid Ali Paşa 1553 : a Neglected Version of Ibn Taymīya’s al-Siyāsa al-Sharʿīya and its Manuscript", in ASK collective volume, Bonn University Press (forthcoming).

- The Many Roads to Justice : A Case of Adultery in Sixteenth Century Cairo., in: L. Biasiori - C. Ginzburg, A Historical Approach to Casuistry. Norms and Exceptions in Comparative Perspective, London- New York, Bloomsbury, 2019, pp. 113-131.

- "Religious Knowledge between Scholarly Conservatism and Commoners' Agency", in: Armando Salvatore and Roberto Tottoli (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell History of Islam and Islamic Civilization, pp. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd) [2017, forthcoming].

- "Un caos senza speranza? Studiare il Corano oggi", in: Alfred -Louis de Prémare, Alle origini del Corano, prima edizione italiana a cura di Caterina Bori (Roma: Carocci, 2014), 11-59.

- "Theology, Politics and Society: the Missing Link. Studying Religion in the Mamluk Period" in: Stephan Conermann (ed.): Ubi sumus? Quo vademus? Mamluk Studies – State of the Art (Göttingen: Bonn University Press 2013), pp. 57-94.

- with Livnat Holtzman, “A Scholar in the Shadow”, in: A Scholar in the Shadow: Essays in the Legal and Theological Thought of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, (Roma: Herder, 2010), pp. 13-44.

- “Ibn Taymiyya wa-jamaatuhu. Authority, Conflict and Consensus in Ibn Taymiyya's circle”: in Yossef Rapoport - Muhammad Shahab Ahmed (ed.), Ibn Taymiyya and his Times (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 23-5.

Entries in encyclopaedias:

- art. “al-Dhahabi”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE. Part 2016-1. pp. 73-80.

- art. "Hasan Kafi al-Aqhisari", in: Encyclopaedia of Islam and Politics (Oxford-New York, Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 80-83.