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Dr Wissam Halawi

Biography

CURRICULUM VITAE

Wissam HALABI HALAWI

E-MAIL

w.halawi@exeter.ac.uk

whalawi@hotmail.com 

RESEARCH AREA

  • Medieval Islamic social History 
  • Rural History 
  • Islamic Law 
  • Druze Law 
  • Justice, Mediation, and Arbitration in Medieval Islam
  • Religious authority 
  • History of Sanctity 
  • History of minorities (Druze, Maronite, Shi’i) in the Medieval period  

LANGUAGES

Arabic – English – French  

INSTITUTIONS

  • IAIS – University of Exeter
  • Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University
  • Paris IV Sorbonne University
  • IFPO – Institut français du Proche-Orient
  • CNRS – Islam Médiéval UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée

EDUCATION  

Aug 2017- 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter, Exeter. LAWALISI project (Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi’i Islam), under the supervision of Professor Robert Gleave.       

2008-2016

Ph. D. Dissertation, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris): “Druzism in the 9th/15th Century: Between Sayyidian hagiography and social realities” (French), 700p.; Qualification with distinction.

Supervisors: 

- Professor Daniel De Smet; CNRS – National Centre for Scientific Research 

- Professor Françoise Micheau; Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Members of the Jury: 

- Professor Denise Aigle; École Pratique des Hautes Études, EPHE 

- Professor Mohammed Ali Amir-Moezzi; École Pratique des Hautes Études, EPHE 

- Professor Anne-Marie Eddé; Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University 

- Professor Mathieu Tillier; Paris IV-Sorbonne University  

2012-2014

Researcher Fellow, IFPO (French Institute for the Near East), Beirut.  

2007-2008

MA in Medieval History, Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne University; Dissertation: “Jalons pour une histoire de la formation du Canon druze” (Milestones in the history of the Druze Canon Law formation), 220p. ; Qualification with distinction.

Supervisor: Professor Françoise Micheau.

2005-2007

MA in History, Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne University; Dissertation: “Étude de l’historiographie druze. Pour la période primitive du druzisme (408-434/1017-1043)” (Druzism in the early period between 408/1017 and 434/1043: state of the art), 180p. ; Qualification with distinction.

Supervisor: Professor Françoise Micheau.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE  

2014-2017 Paris IV Sorbonne University. 

Tutorial in Medieval History, 3rd year undergraduate classes;

Module: “Power and Society in the Medieval Middle East (7th-10th Century)”.

2014-2017 Paris IV Sorbonne University. 

Lectures in Arabic Studies, 1st year undergraduate classes;

Module: “Introduction to Arab-Muslim civilisation”.

2014-2015 Paris IV Sorbonne University. 

Tutorial in Medieval History, 1st year undergraduate classes;

Module: “Introduction to Medieval Muslim East (7th-15th Century)”.

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS 

“A new study of the History of Druzism in the premodern period, based on unpublished hagiography and legal literature” (French), Arabica, forthcoming.

“Arbitration and Mediation in the 9th/15th century among the Druze Gharb” (French), Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée (REMMM), 140, 2016, p. 101-120.

“The Druze Reform in the Syrian mountains in the fifteenth century” (French), Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée (REMMM), 135, 2014, p. 99-130.

 “Druze Manuscripts earlier than the 9th/15th century?” (French), Bulletin d’Études Orientales (BEO), 62, 2013, p. 149-169.

“The Kitāb durrat al-tāğ wa-sullam al-miʻrāğ of Ibn Naṣr: An eulogy of Ğamāl al-Dīn Abdallah al-Tannūḫī (820-884/1417-1479)” (French), Arabica, 58, 2011, p. 128-164. 

“The Druzes in Medieval Arabic Chronicles: an exploded narration” (French), Studia Islamica, 104/105, 2007, p. 103-132.

 

ORGANISATION OF SEMINARS 

2013-2014 Organiser of a cycle of three research seminars at the Louis Pouzet’s Study Centre of Medieval and Ancient Civilisations (Saint-Joseph University, Beirut), and the IFPO (French Institute for the Near East). 

Topic: “Kisrawân sacking in 1305: Historicity and Challenges”

 - 1st Session (2014, January 22nd): “Kisrawân sacking, and political context”

 - 2nd Session (2014, March 12th): “Kisrawân sacking, and community particularism”

 - 3rd Session (2014, May 21st): “Kisrawân sacking, and the contribution of Christian sources” 

 

PRESENTATIONS 

Sales, Acquisitions and Donations: Land Property and Taxation in Jabal Lubnân in the premodern period, based on the notarial documents of the Maronite Monastery of Qannubin”; Presented with E. Voguet at the Congress “Middle-East and Islamic Lands IISMM” organised by the GIS, Paris, July 7th, 2017; as part of the workshop “Land Property in Islamic Lands” organised by N. Lucas and E. Voguet. 

 “Notarial Documents of the Maronite Monastery of Qannubin (15th C.)”; Presented with E. Voguet at the IISMM (Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman), Paris, April 27th, 2017; as part of the workshop “Islamic Law and Premodern Societies (7th-19th C.)”, organised by C. Müller and I. Warsheid.  

The Formation of Islam: History and Civilisation”; Presented at the Hoche-Versailles College, Versailles, January 25th, 2017; as part of the training seminar on Islamic History organised by the IISMM (Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman). 

Premodern Druzism: Theory and Positive Druze Law in Legal Treaties”; Presented at the University of Exeter, Exeter, January 10th, 2017; as part of the joint workshop of the IAIS (Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies) organised by R. Gleave.  

The Omayyad and Abbasid Caliphates”; Presented at the iReMMO (Université Populaire de Recherche et d’Études Méditerranée Moyen-Orient), Paris, November 5th, 2016; as part of the encounter entitled “Empires prior to the emergence of the Ottomans”. 

The emergence of Druze Religious Authority in Syria in the 15th Century: sources and constructions”; Presented at Paris IV-Sorbonne University, April 2nd, 2016; as part of the seminar “Sources and Methodology in Islamic History” organised by M. Tillier.

The Gharb Religious Elite versus Local and Central Powers: Apocalyptic Discourse and Social Reality in Premodern Druzism”; Presented at the IRBIMMA (Institut de Recherche sur Byzance, l’Islam et la Méditerranée au Moyen Âge), Paris, March 30th, 2016; as part of the joint seminar of the UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée “History and Archeology of Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean”, organised by A.-M. Eddé and M. Tillier. 

Druzes in the 9th/15th Century: History and Textual practices”; Presented at the Modern, Medieval and Arabic Louis Pouzet’s Study Centre, Beirut, May 15th, 2013; as part of the seminar “Sources and their interpretation”. 

Druze Manuscripts: the transmission of Legal and Theological knowledge”; Presented at the IFAO (Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale), Cairo, January 11th, 2010; as part of the workshop “Archives: Material and Materiality” organised by S. Denoix. 

The Emir al-Sayyid al-Tanūḫī (d. 1479): Between Continuity and Rupture”; Presented at the IISMM (Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman), Paris, June 18th, 2009; as part of the workshop on “The Nusayris and the Druzes, two esoteric communities at the doctrinal periphery of Islam” organised by D. De Smet and O. Mir-Kasimov. 

State-of-the-art and methodology in a Dissertation project”; Attendance to a seminar at the “Maison des Sciences de l’Homme”, Nantes, June 12th, 2009.