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First Name
Cecilia
Last Name
Palombo
Affiliation
Leiden University
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Keywords
Pre-modern Middle East, Ummayad history, Abbasid history, Late Antiquity, Documentary cultures, Papyri, Social history, Political history, Qur'anic studies
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About Me

I work on Islamic societies in the pre-modern period, with a focus on social history and documentary cultures, particularly in Egypt and Bilad al-Sham (Greater Syria). My PhD dissertation, from Princeton University, studies the participation of Christian religious officials and Christian religious organizations (like monasteries) in creating Islamic local government in Egypt in the Abbasid period. Among other things, it aims at contextualizing and problematizing the concept of “community” and community-centered narratives about the pre-modern Middle East. I am interested in the relationship between modern and contemporary narratives of sectarianism and the study of Islamic and Middle Eastern history. I have a background in Classics, late antique history, archival studies, and Islamic studies. Over time I have cultivated a special interest in the study of the Qur’an and its relationship with late-antique texts, and I am a member of the academic Programming Committee of the International Quranic Studies Association. I have recently started working as a post-doc fellow at Leiden in the ERC project “Embedding Conquest: Naturalising Muslim Rule in the Early Islamic Empire (600-1000).”

Recent Publications

“The Christian Clergy’s Islamic Local Government in Late Marwanid and Abbasid Egypt” (PhD dissertation, Princeton University)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century
Expertise by Topic
Government, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Religion