Suzanne Conklin Akbari
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Suzanne Conklin Akbari is Professor of Medieval Studies in the School of Historical Studies. She has expanded the range and methods of exploring texts from the Middle Ages, pushing the boundaries of traditional readings and exploring shared histories. Her research has traced the evolving relationship between sight and knowledge as manifested in a range of poetic texts, explored the relationship between Islam and Christianity, challenged the notion of medieval European literature’s insularity, and highlighted the influence of Arabic poetry, music, and philosophy.
Akbari is deeply interested in the relationship of the local and the global, especially as understood through the work of those who contribute to the field of Indigenous Studies, both academic scholars and traditional knowledge-keepers.
- Shaping Knowledge: The Movement from Verse to Prose in the Allegories of Christine de Pizan(Boydell and Brewer, 2008)
- Erasing the Body: History and Memory in Medieval Siege Poetry.(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
- The Ends of the Body: Identity and Community in Medieval Culture(University of Toronto Press, 2012)
- The Persistence of Philology: Language and Connectivity in the Mediterranean(University of Toronto Press, 2013)
- Ekphrasis and Stasis in the Allegories of Christine de Pizan(Ohio State University Press, 2015)
- Seeing Jerusalem: Schematic Views of the Holy City, 1100-1300(Manchester University Press, 2018)
- Where is Medieval Ethiopia? Mapping Ethiopic Studies within Medieval Studies(Getty Publications, 2019)
- Embodying the Historical Moment: Tombs and Idols in the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César(Duke University Press, 2014)
- Naming the Children of Jacob: The Shape of Negative Theology in the Benjamin Minor(Ohio State University Press, 2022)
- Alexander the Great’s Encounters with the Sacred in Medieval History Writing, from the Shahnameh to the Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César(Penn State University Press, 2023)
- AHR Conversation: Walls, Borders, and Boundaries in World History(American Historical Review (Oxford University Press), 2017)