Series edited by Nicola Melis e Mauro Nobili

Nicola Melis (University of Cagliari) and Mauro Nobili (University of Cape Town) announce the publication of a new series entitled Futūḥ al-buldān under their general editorship, in collaboration with other Italian and international partners.

Futūḥ al-buldān is a well-known work of al-Balāḏurī (d. 297/892), one of the most important Muslim historians who lived in the third century of hiğra. The reference to classical Muslim historiography in the series’ title is coupled with the semantic spectrum of the Arabic root of the word fatḥ. It refers to ‘military conquest’, as well as to the ideas of to ‘open’, ‘begin’, and/or ‘reveal’. Thus, the title of the series is a tribute to a great Muslim historian, but it also represents a synthesis of the ideological framework that underpinss the series, which is to disclose pieces of history of Islamic societies.

The series aims at publishing original works with a multidisciplinary approach, in the field of Islamic history and culture, drawing connections between the past and the present. Futūḥ al-buldān will privilege case studies from areas and languages which are often – and questionably – regarded as ‘peripheral.’

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