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Last Name
van den Bent
Radboud University Nijmegen
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Mamluks, Mongols, Egypt, Syria, images and perceptions, ethnicity, water management, Iraq, Baghdad
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About Me

Josephine van den Bent is postdoctoral researcher at the history department of Radboud University Nijmegen, investigating water management in Middle Eastern cities (c. 700-1500) as part of the NWO-funded project ‘Source of Life’. Her PhD thesis (University of Amsterdam, 2020) analysed the representation of the Mongols in the Mamluk sultanate of Egypt and Syria, c. 1250-1350. Her research interests include ethnic stereotyping, urban organisation, and the medieval and early modern Middle East. She is also a lecturer in the Arabic department of the University of Amsterdam and editor-in-chief of the semi-academic journal ZemZem. Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en islam.


Recent Publications


  • Rosanne Baars and Josephine van den Bent, ‘Discrediting the Dutch: A French Account of the Year of Disaster for Arab Audiences’, Early Modern Low Countries 4:2 (2020), 181-204.
  • Josephine van den Bent and Thomas Hart (eds.), Jeruzalem, Jeroesjalajiem, Al-Quds: De heilige stad door de eeuwen heen (Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Al-Quds: The Holy City through the Ages), Zenobiareeks (Hilversum: Uitgeverij Verloren, 2020).
  • ‘Shajar al-Durr. De slavin die sultana van Egypte werd’ (Shajar al-Durr. The slave who became sultana of Egypt), Groniek vol. 52, nr. 224, 359-369.
  • Woltering, R. A. F. L., van den Bent, J. M. C., & Van de Wijngaert, L. (2018). Representations of the West in Post-Mubarak Egypt. In M. Del Fiol, & C. Mitatre (Eds.), Les Occidents des mondes arabes et musulmans. Afrique du nord. XIXe-XXIe siècles (pp. 225). Paris: Geuthner.
  • Vrouwen op muren: ‘Diversiteit in (post-)revolutionaire Egyptische graffiti’ (Women on Walls: Heterogenity in [Post]revolutionary Egyptian Graffiti), Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 131 (2018), 119-141.
  • Josephine van den Bent, Floris van den Eijnde and Johan Weststeijn (eds.), Mohammed en de Late Oudheid (Muhammad and Late Antiquity) (Hilversum: Verloren, 2018).
  • ‘Heldin of ordinaire del? De levendige beelden van Aysha, vrouw van Mohammed, Kleio. Tijdschrift van de Vereniging van Docenten in Geschiedenis en Staatsinrichting in Nederland 58 (2017), 16-17.
  • “None of the kings on earth is their equal in ʿaṣabiyya”. The Mongols in Ibn Khaldūn’s Works’, Al-Masāq 28 (2016) 2, 171-186.
  • ‘Fighting for female voices in a patriarchal society. Women’s activism in (post-)revolutionary Egypt’, Yearbook for Women’s History 35, Gender and Activism. Women’s voices in political debates.
  • ‘Djenghis Khan: van outcast tot keizer’, Geschiedenis Magazine 2/2016.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Egypt, Iraq
Expertise by Geography
Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
1, 2
Expertise by Topic