History of Syria, 1099-1250: Conflict and Co-existence


About the conference

This conference focuses on events, trends and personalities in Syria between 1099 and 1250, with a decided emphasis on the earlier half of that period. Its papers all bear on aspects of the Crusades, but are grouped into seven major themes. Naturally some deal with the major figures of the time – Nur al-Din, Saladin and Hülegü. But others look at their key advisers, such as ‘Imad al-Din al-Isfahani, the Qadi al-Fadil and al-Jilyani. Special attention will be paid to the multiple contacts between the Franks, the Muslims and the Oriental Christians, from the violence of war and how to wage it to visions of the afterlife and to the arts of peace, trade and diplomacy.  New or neglected sources will be examined – Ibn Talha, al-Atharibi and al-Sulami. The cities of Gaza, Aleppo and Hama will be the focus of detailed examination. A closing round-table session, in which a panel of senior scholars will take questions from the audience, will be devoted to discussing the major themes and issues raised in the course of the conference.



For a complete list of speakers and topics, please click here

 Reuven Amitai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Thomas Asbridge (Queen Mary University of London)
Julia Bray (University of Oxford)
Paul M. Cobb (University of Pennsylvania)
Anne-Marie Eddé (University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Taef Elazhari (Qatar University)
Kenneth Goudie (University of St Andrews)
R. Stephen Humphreys (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Thomas Madden (St Louis University, Missouri)
Christopher H. MacEvitt (Dartmouth College)
Alex Mallett (University of Exeter)
Suleiman A. Mourad (Smith College, Massachusetts)
Jean-Michel Mouton (University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Johannes Pahlitzsch (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz)
Andrew Peacock (University of St Andrews)
Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Lutz Richter-Bernburg (University of Tübingen)
Bogdan Smarandache (University of Toronto)
Angus Stewart (University of St Andrews)
Luke Yarbrough (St Louis University, Missouri)
Abbés Zouache (University of Lyon 2)


The conference programme is available in PDF format here.



How do I attend the conference?

To attend the Conference download an application form, complete and save* and email as an attachment to the workshop organiser, Dr Paul Churchill, at histconf@st-andrews.ac.uk

*The application form fields can be completed and saved using Adobe Acrobat Reader from version IX onwards. If you have an earlier version please download and install the latest version from the Adobe website: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/

Alternatively, if you encounter problems, you may print out and scan the completed form instead and send that as an attachment. Or you may send a paper copy to the postal address specified on the second page of the form.
The closing date for completed applications is Monday, 28 March 2016, 5.00pm.

How much does it cost?


Standard rate

Concessionary rate*

Registration fee: (1 & 2 April)



Registration fee: 1 April only



Registration fee: 2 April only



Conference dinner (1 April)


No discount available

* This reduced rate is available to those of student status currently enrolled at a UKHEI, St Andrews townsfolk (those residing within postcode areas beginning KY16 8 and KY16 9) and retired members of staff of the University of St Andrews. Proof of your status must be presented at registration. For examples, a valid student photo identity card for students, and proof of identity and residence for townsfolk (such as a driving license, or credit card along with a utility bill).
For those wishing to attend only part of a day, a proportion of the registration fee is likely to be charged. The conference administrator will advise in this regard.
For current University of St Andrews staff and students please enquire with the organiser about entitlements and, where applicable, associated costs.

What does the registration fee include?
The registration fee allows for attendance at the conference and includes a buffet lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments.
The conference dinner is on the evening of Friday 1 April. The dinner includes three courses, plus up to 2 (175ml) glasses of wine. Please note places at the venue are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended.

How do I get to St Andrews?
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Where can I stay?

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