Mercedes García-Arenal#


Mercedes García-Arenal
Email:mercedes.garciaarenal 'at' cchs.csic.es
Membership Number:3578
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:SPAIN
Section:HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
Username:mgarcia-arenal
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Present and Previous Positions
  • Research Professor, CCHS-CSIC, Madrid (1990-present).
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton (1988-1990).
  • Scientific Researcher CSIC, (1986-1990).
  • Junior Researcher CSIC (1981-1986).
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1976-1978).

Fields of Scholarship
  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Muslim West (Islam in the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb)
  • Religious minorities : Mudejars and Moriscos in Christian Iberia, Jews in Islamic lands
  • Inquisition
  • Conversion, identity, messianism and millenarianism, sainthood and mysticism
  • Specific area of current research: religious dissimulation and religious polemics. Doubt and unbelief

Honours and Awards
  • 2012 (five years, starting April 2013) Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, "Conversion, Overlapping Religiosities, Polemics and Interaction: Early Modern Iberia and Beyond"
  • Invited Professor, Department of History, Princeton University (forthcoming, 2013)
  • Invited to deliver the Cochrane Lecture, Department of History, University of Chicago (2010)
  • Invited to deliver the Hamilton Gibb Lectures, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (2008)
  • Invited to deliver the Bennett Memorial Lecture, Cambridge University (2006)

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