Dr Delia Cortese
PhD in Islamic Studies. School of Oriental and African Studies. University of London.
Postgraduate diploma in Islamic Codicology. al-Furqan Foundation, London.
Postgraduate diploma in Arabic language. American University, Cairo (Egypt)
Laurea (Summa cum laude) in Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Arabic and Persian). Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (Italy)
Islamic Studies (medieval and modern)
Ismaili Studies (medieval and modern)
Islam and gender
Medieval Islamic social history
The World of Islam, Islam in the World
Myth and Society in the Sacred and Secular worlds
Approaches to the Study of Religions
World Religions in Contemporary Debate
World Religions in London
World Religions for Business
Religious Studies-related dissertations
Islam and Gender
Women in Islam
Europe and the Muslim World
Introduction to World Religions
Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and University Religious Studies Co-ordinator
Middlesex University Link Tutor for collaborative partners delivering MU-validated programmes in the areas of Theology and Religious Studies
Visiting Professor in Religious Studies. Regents' American College London
Research Assistant (Middle East Department). Bernard Quaritch LTD, Antiquarian Booksellers.
External Examiner for TRS University of Roehampton, London.
AAR (American Academy of Religions)
BASR (British Society for the Study of Religions)
EASR (European Society for the Study of Religions)
IAHR (International Association of the Historians of Religions)
MELCOM (Middle East Library Committee)
MESA (Middle East Studies Association of America)
WOCMES (World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies)
UEAI (Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisantes)
Women and the Fatimids in the World of Islam. (with S. Calderini). Edinburgh: EdinburghUniversity Press, 2006.
Arabic Ismaili Manuscripts: The Zahid Ali Collection. London: IB Tauris, 2003.
Arabic and other Ismaili Manuscripts. London: I.B. Tauris, 2000.
Mauritania . ( With S. Calderini and J. Webb). Oxford: Clio Press, 1992.
‘A Dream Come-True: Empowerment Through Dreams Reflecting Fatimid-Sulayhid Relations’ in O. Ali-de-Unzaga (ed.), Fortress of the Intellect, Ismaili and other Islamic Studies in Honour of Farhad Daftary, London, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011, pp.387-402.
‘The Commodification of the Mushaf in the Early Centuries of Islam’ in Robert M. Kerr & Thomas Milo (eds), Writings and Writing from another world and another era. Investigations in Islamic Text and Script in Honour of Dr Januarius Justus Witkam Professor of Codicology and Palaeography of the Islamic World at Leyden University, Cambridge: Archetype Press, 2011, pp.42-65.
‘The political and economic contexts of Fatimid female patronage during the reign of al-‘Aziz (365/975-386/996)’, in Atti del Convegno: I Fatimidi ed il Mediterraneo: Il sistema di relazioni nel mondo dell’Islam e nell’area del Mediterraneo nel periodo della da ‘wa fatimide (sec. X-XI): istituzioni, societa’, cultura, Alifba, Studi arabo-islamici e medieterranei, vol. 22 (2008), pp.81-94.
‘ “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”: Women and Da‘wa in Early Ismailism’, in U. Vermeulen and K. D’Hulster, (eds), Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, Proceedings of the 11th, 12th and 13th International Colloquium organized at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in May 2002, 2003 and 2004, Leuven: Peeters, 2007, pp.63-72.
‘Medieval Sapiential Knowledge and Modern Science in Islam. Some Considerations on a ‘Missed Link’ Based on the Thought of Gamal al-Din al-Afghani’, in C. Baffioni, (ed.), Religion versus Science in Islam: A Medieval and Modern Debate, Oriente Moderno, vol.19 (80), n.s., 3 (2000), pp.503-517.
‘The Ismaili Resurrection of Alamut: A Bid for Spiritual Awakening or a Statement of Political Authority?’ in .S. E. Porter, M. A. Hayes and D. Tombs, Resurrection, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999, pp.249-263.
‘Sitt al-Mulk’, Encyclopedia of Women in World History, New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
‘Concubinage’, in The [Oxford] Encyclopaedia of Islam and Women, OUP, planned publication date 2012. ‘Fāṭimids’, Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God, Fitzpatrick, C. & Walker, A. (Eds.), planned publication 2013.
Arts of the City Victorious, Islamic Art and Architecture in Fatimid North Africa and Egypt, by Jonathan M. Bloom, New Haven and London: Yale Univ. Press, 2007 in Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, vol. 2, no. 3 (2009), pp. 327-332.
The Ismā ‘īlīs. Their History and Doctrinesby Farhad Daftary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 2nd ed. in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 71, no. 3, (2008), pp. 576-577.
15-18 December 2011 “Sitt al-Mulk: Juggling Troops, Traps and Throne at the Fatimid Court”,Guerre et paix dans le Proche-Orient médiéval. IFAO-IFPO, Cairo, Egypt.
22-23 July 2011 “Egypt: 471/1078-472/1079. A Waste of Time in the Life of Ḥasan-i Ṣabbāḥ?”, Science in Context: The Dustūr al-munjjimīnand its world.An interdisciplinary workshop on the traditions of science and learning in the Ismaili domain, University of Bonn, Germany.
27-29 May 2010 “The Commodification of the Mushaf in the Early Centuries of Islam”(read in absentia) Conference:Codicology and History of the Manuscript in Arabic script, Madrid, Spain.
Dec. 2008. ‘The political and economic contexts of Fatimid female patronage during the reign of al-‘Azīz (365/975-386/996)’, I Fatimidi ed il Mediterraneo, Accademia Libica and University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
Oct. 2008. ‘Patronising or patronized? Interpreting Female Architectural Patronage during the reign of al-Aziz’, Historians of Islamic Art Association Bi-Annual Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
May. 2008. ‘Reconsidering Fatimid Female Patronage: Preliminary Remarks’, The 17th Colloquium on Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, University of Ghent, Belgium.
May 2007. ‘Qissat al-Ru’ya: a Sulayhid or a Tayyibi Dream Narrative?’ The 16th Colloquium on Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, University of Ghent, Belgium.
May 2005. ‘A Re-appraisal of al-Hakim’s Policies Affecting Women in the Fatimid Period’, The 14th Colloquium on Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, University of Leuven, Belgium.
May 2004. ‘Women and Ismaili Propaganda in the Early Fatimid Period’, The 13th Colloquium on Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras, University of Leuven, Belgium.
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS
18-21 November 2010 “The Transmission of Sunni Learning in Fatimid Ismaili Egypt”, 44th annual MESA conference, San Diego, USA.
8 - 12 September, 2010 “Sunni Learning in Fatimid Ismaili Egypt” 25th Congress of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI 25), Naples, Italy.
19-24 July 2010 “Voices of the Silent Majority: Sunni Learning in Fatimid Ismaili Egypt” WOCMES (3rd World Conference on Middle Eastern Studies), Barcelona, Spain.
November 2007. ‘A Dream Come-True: Empowerment through Dreams in the Fatimid Period’, 41st annual MESA Conference, Montreal, Canada.
June 2006. ‘Women’s Contribution to the Early Ismaili Da‘wa’, WOCMES (2nd World Conference of Middle East Studies), Amman, Jordan.
November 2005. ‘Out of Order? Reconsidering al-Hakim’s Restrictions to the Mobility of Women in the Fatimid Period’, 39th annual MESA conference, Washington DC, USA.
November 2004. ‘Revisiting the Life and Deeds of the Fatimid Princess Sitt al-Mulk’, 38th annual MESA conference, San Francisco,USA.
September 2002. ‘The life of women at the Fatimid Court’ WOCMES (1st World Conference of Middle East Studies), Mainz, Germany.
August 2000. ‘Islam and the Study of Other Religions: A contradiction in Terms?’ 18th World Congress of The International Association for the History of Religions, Durban, South Africa.
Italian (native speaker)
Arabic (very good)
German, Spanish, Latin and Greek (working knowledge)