SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Mr Mohamad El Merheb

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Mohamad El Merheb
Mr Mohamad El Merheb
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Thesis title:
Islamic Political Thought: Competing Conceptions of the Rule of Law in the Middle Period
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Konrad Hirschler

PhD Research

My research project examines the development of Islamic political thought during the Ayyūbid and Mamlūk periods. I focus on studying competing conceptions of the rule of law and limited government as expressed by the authors of a corpus of selected political treatises and mirrors for princes. The research covers how political thinkers emphasised the exceptionality of their ideals, to whom they elected to present their works, and what they expected in return both individually and as members of wider social groups.



  • ‘Criticising the Saint: Western Influence on the Muslim Narrative of the Seventh Crusade.’ Third Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS). London, 11-12 April 2016

  • ‘Les Lieux de Mémoire of the 13th-Century Shāfiʿī Political Thought in Late Medieval Arabic Historiography.’ Fourth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, American University of Beirut, 11-13 May 2017.

  • ‘From Jihād Manuals to Treatises on Government: War, Rebellion, and Politics in Early Mamlūk Thought.’ Workshop: “Ǧihād et fitna : penser et concevoir la guerre dans le Mašriq” medieval du XIe-XVIe siècles” organised by UMR 8167 and CEFAS, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, 24 January 2018.

  • ‘Criticising the rulers and preserving the state: Patterns of censure in pre-modern Islamic political thought.’ Conference: “Criticizing the Ruler: Possibilities, Chances, and Methods of Political Censure in Pre-Modern Monarchical Societies”, the University of Bonn. April 12-14, 2018.

  • ‘Competing strands of political thought in the early Mamluk period: A case for ‘Rule of Law and Limited Government’ in medieval Islam.’ Fifth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies, Ghent University (Belgium), July 5-7, 2018.



  • The Seventh Crusade
  • St Louis (Louis IX)
  • Cross-Cultural Transfer of Political Ideas in the Medieval Mediterranean
  • Islamic Political Thought in the Middle Period