How to Found an Islamic State: The Idrisids and the Transformation of Medieval Morocco in the Early Middle Ages

Dr Corisande Fenwick (UCL)
Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Corisande Fenwick is Associate Professor in Mediterranean Archaeology at UCL Institute of Archaeology and Director of the Society for Libyan Studies. She received her PhD from Stanford University (2013) and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and the University of Leicester. A specialist in Islamic and late antique North Africa, her most recent books include Early Islamic North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2020) and the co-edited Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology (OUP, 2020). She is PI of the ERC project EVERYDAY ISLAM: Cultural Change, Everyday Life and State Formation in early Islamic North Africa (600-1000), Co-PI of the AHRC-DFG project ISLAMAFR: Conquest, Ecology and Economy in Islamic North Africa, and Co-I of the AHRC project OASCIV: The Making of Oasis Civilisation in the Moroccan Sahara. These projects involve archaeological fieldwork at 10+ different sites across Morocco and Tunisia, including the UNESCO site of Volubilis, Bulla Regia and sites in the Wadi Draa.