A. Isoldi MA (Angela)
PhD candidate - Department of History, Art History and Classics
PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in African and Oriental Languages and Cultures at L’Orientale University (Naples) in 2017, with a specialization in Arabic and Persian Literatures. In 2020 obtained my Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University. My area of specialization is the philological study of Medieval Arabic manuscript sources.Research theme
- Water Management in Mamluk Cairo
- Source of Life
- 2020 - 2024 My PhD project deals with the study of water management in Mamluk Cairo (1250-1517) with a particular focus on documentary sources such as endowments (ar: waqf). Being an expanding city with a growing population and a complex political system, Mamluk Cairo represents a most interesting case for the study of the social dynamics characterizing the urban environment of the Medieval Islamic world. Through the study of water management and supply, my aim is to grasp the nature of the interactions between the various social components of the Sultanate’s capital city. Besides waqf documents, I intend to analyse in detail a wide range of literary sources (historical sources, travel reports and market inspectors’ manuals). Moreover, the analysis will be extended to the study of extant inscriptions and monuments related to water supply (such as cisterns, public fountains, baths, etc.) in order to understand the topographical distribution of these structures within the city.