Professor Maaike van Berkel

Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Current research topics

Abbasid court culture
Communication, bureaucracy and written culture under the Abbasids
Mamluk and Abbasid urban history


Maaike van Berkel, Nadia El Cheikh, Hugh Kennedy and Letizia Osti, Crisis and Continuity at the ‘Abbāsid Court. Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-932) (Brill: Leiden, 2013).

Maaike van Berkel and Rudi Künzel (eds.), Ibn Khaldun en zijn wereld (Bulaaq: Amsterdam, 2008).

Maaike van Berkel, Léon Buskens and Petra M. Sijpesteijn (eds.), Law, Documents, and Islamic History. Papers in Honour of Rudolph Peters (Brill: Leiden, 2016, forthcoming).

Maaike van Berkel, Accountants and Men of Letters. Status and Position of Civil Servants in Early Tenth Century Baghdad. PhD Dissertation (Amsterdam 2003).

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Abbāsid Mazālim between Theory and Practice’, Bulletin des d’études orientales 63 (2014) 229-242.

Maaike van Berkel ‘Waqf Documents on the Provision of Water in Mamluk Egypt’, in: M. van Berkel, L. Buskens and P.M. Sijpesteijn (eds.), Law, Documents, and Islamic History. Papers in Honour of Rudolph Peters (Brill: Leiden, 2016, forthcoming).

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Reconstructing Archival Practices in Abbāsid Baghdad’, Journal of Abbāsid Studies 1 (2014), 7-22.

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Opening up a World of Knowledge. Mamluk Encyclopaedias and their Readers’, in: J. König (ed.), Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to Renaissance (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2013) 357-378.

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Embezzlement and Reimbursement. Disciplining officials in ‘Abbāsid Baghdad (8th-10th centuries A.D.)’, The International Journal of Public Administration 34-11 (2011) 712-719.

Maaike van Berkel, ‘The Vizier and the Harem Stewardess. Mediation in a Discharge Case at the Court of Caliph al-Muqtadir’, in: J. Nawas (ed.), Abbāsid Studies: Occasional Papers of the School of Abbāsid Studies (Peeters: Leuven 2010) 303-318.

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Communication and Contention. The Role of Literacy in Conflict with ‘Abbāsid officials’, History Compass 6 (2007) 1661-1676.

Maaike van Berkel, ‘Ibn Khaldun, a Critical Historian at Work. The Muqaddima on Secretaries and Secretarial Writing’, in: A. Vrolijk en J. Hogendijk (eds.), O ye, Gentlemen. Arabic Studies on Science and Literary Culture in Honour of Remke Kruk (Brill: Leiden 2007) 247-261.

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Last Modified: 26-10-2015