20th Annual Mellon Colloquium: "Lord of the Pen and Sword: Genealogy and Sovereignty in the Medieval Islamic West" with Mohamad Ballan, Antoine Borrut, Ana Echevarría, and Hussein Fancy


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room and via Zoom (by registration) (View on map.nd.edu)

2022 Mellon Fb Poster

Join the Medieval Institute for its twentieth annual Mellon Colloquium on "Lord of the Pen and Sword: Genealogy and Sovereignty in the Medieval Islamic West." The colloquium is a half-day public seminar discussion with the institute's 2021–22 Mellon Fellow, Prof. Mohamad Ballan (Assistant Professor of History, Stony Brook University), on his book-in-progress, joined by three distinguished discussants.


Registration (free) is required to attend. If you have difficulty registering, please email medinst@nd.edu.

Register to Attend in Person

In-person attendance is limited to members of the Notre Dame community and lunch will be provided (let us know of any dietary needs when you register.)

Register to Attend on Zoom

Anyone may attend via Zoom.


10:00 a.m. Opening remarks

10:05 a.m. Speaker 1: Mohamad Ballan

10:25 a.m. Speaker 2: Antoine Borrut

10:45 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m. Speaker 3: Ana Echevarría

11:20 a.m. Speaker 4: Hussein Fancy

11:45 a.m. Lunch (provided)

12:15 p.m. Questions and discussion

01:00 p.m. End

About the Fellow

Mohamad Ballan is Assistant Professor of History at Stony Brook University, and during his year at the Medieval Institute he is completing his book manuscript. His project closely examines the phenomenon of the “scholar-statesman”—litterateurs, physicians, and jurists who ascended to the highest administrative and executive offices of state—in late medieval Islamic Spain and North Africa. He focuses on the career and writings of Lisān al-Dīn ibn al-Khaṭīb (1313–1374), the preeminent historian, philosopher and chancellor of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, situating this figure within a vast intellectual-political network of scholars, functionaries and statesmen that extended from Seville to Damascus.

About the Colloquium

Each year, the Medieval Institute selects an outstanding young scholar for its A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies. The Fellowship allows a tenure-track assistant professor to pursue research leading to the publication of a monograph. At the conclusion of the Fellow’s period of residency, a panel of senior scholars is invited to campus for a half-day public seminar discussion of the Fellow’s research. The panelists spend additional time with the Fellow in one-to-one conversation and close reading of the draft.