prof. dr. M.L.M. van Berkel (Maaike)
Hoogleraar - Departement Geschiedenis, Kunstgeschiedenis en Oudheid
Hoogleraar - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
I studied Arabic Language and Culture and Medieval European History at the University of Amsterdam and obtained my PhD from the same university in 2003. From 2003 to 2015 I worked as a postdoc (with a NWO VENI grant), lecturer and associate professor in the History Department of the University of Amsterdam. In 2015 I was appointed to the chair of Medieval History at the Radboud University Nijmegen and in 2018 as head of the department of History, Art History and Classics.
I am a social and cultural historian of the Middle East, with a particular interest in literacy, court culture, governance and urban organization.
Recently, I co-coordinated the NWO Horizon Eurasian Empires project (2011-2016; http://hum.leiden.edu/history/eurasia/), resulting in a synthesizing book that explores innovative methods and concepts for studying premodern Eurasian imperial rulers and elites in comparative perspective (Prince, Pen and Sword. Eurasian Perspectives, forthcoming at Brill 2017). I also cooperated in the history work package of the FP7 project Anti-Corruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption (2012-2017; http://anticorrp.eu/). The results of this project are published in a volume (Anticorruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern Era, OUP 2017), demonstrating developments in anti-corruption practices across space and time. My contribution stresses the tensions between bureaucratic ideals and practices in Middle East polities (9th-11th c.).
My current research project investigates water management in the premodern Middle Eastern city. Managing water is the greatest challenge this water-scarce region faces and has faced in the past. Nevertheless, its pre-modern urban communities were able to provide large populations with water. This project explores conditions for sustainable water management by analysing successful and unsuccessful strategies and practices of the urban water supply.
- ‘Politics of Access at the Court of the Caliph’, in Harm Kaal and Danielle Slootjes, New Perspectives on Power and Political Representation from Ancient History to the Present Day. Repertoires of Representation (Leiden: Brill, 2019) 26-36.
- ‘Fighting Corruption between Theory and Practice: The Land of the Euphrates and the Tigris in Transition (9-11th c.)’, in: R. Kroeze et al., Anticorruption in History. From Antiquity to the Modern Era (Oxford: OUP, 2018) 65-76.
- With Jeroen Duindam, Jos Gommans and Peter Rietbergen, Prince, Pen and Sword. Eurasian Perspectives (forthcoming, Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2018).
- With Léon Buskens and Petra Sijpesteijn, Legal Documents as Sources for the History of Muslim Societies. Studies in Honour of Ruud Peters (forthcoming, Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2017).
- With Nadia Maria El Cheikh, Hugh Kennedy and Letizia Osti, Crisis and Continuity at the ‘Abbāsid Court. Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-932) (Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2013).
Onderzoeksbeurzen en -prijzen
- NWO VICI grant. Source of Life. Water Management in the Premodern Middle East (7th-15th c.) (2019-2024).
- European Commission’s Seventh Framework grant Anticorruption Policies Revisited. Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption, work package The History of Corruption in Comparative Perspective (2012-2017; together with Guy Geltner and James Kennedy University of Amsterdam).
- NWO Horizon grant Eurasian Empires: Integration Processes and Identity Formations. A Comparative Programme (2011-2016; together with Jeroen Duindam, Peter Rietbergen and Jos Gommans).
- NWO Veni grant The Role of Writing in the Settlement of Disputes in the Abbāsid Empire (2004-2008).
- Environmental History
- Master's Thesis Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Worlds
- Middeleeuwen I
- Middeleeuwen II
- The Dynamics of Political Pacts in Classical and Modern History in the MENA Region
- Themacollege De weelde van water: de watervoorziening van mediterrane steden in de oudheid en middeleeuwen