Dr Mohamad El-Merheb
Mohamad El-Merheb joined the AKU-KITAB Project as a research associate in March 2019 and currently works on the Sira Project. He submitted his PhD in History to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in January 2019. His doctoral thesis studied the history of Islamic political thought focusing on the development of new constitutional ideas during the 13th and 14th centuries in the Syro-Egyptian context. Mohamad received a MA in History (SOAS) and a BE in Computer and Communications (AUB).
Before joining the AKU, he was a Scouloudi Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) – London and a Teaching Fellow at SOAS. Mohamad’s research interests include medieval Arabic historiography, the history of Islamic political thought, the Seventh Crusade, cross-cultural transfers in the medieval eastern Mediterranean, and the re-use and re-adaptation of themes and texts in Islamic advice literature. His present duties at the Sira Project include the selection and annotation of relevant texts, liaising with the project stakeholders, and coordinating different research activities.