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Jo Van Steenbergen (Ph.D. KULeuven [Belgium], 2003) is a research professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). He engages with the social and cultural history of the pre-modern Islamic world, with a particular focus on the later Islamic middle period (c. 1200- c. 1500), on Egypt and Syria, on the practices, discourses and structural appearances of power elites in the Sultanate of Cairo (c. 1200-1517), and on the de/construction of grand narratives in Mamluk/Islamic history. He was a research fellow of the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC, 1997-8, 2003), a research assistant at KULeuven (Belgium) and the Flemish Science Foundation (FWO) (1998-2003), a lecturer at the University of St Andrews (2004-7), a senior research fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517) (Bonn, 2014-15), and a visiting lecturer/professor at the British Museum and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) (2006-13), at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris) (2008), and at the National University of Malaysia (2009).
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