Marie Legendre

Lecturer in Islamic History

  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Dr Legendre earned her PhD from the University of Leiden (2013) and Universite Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4) (2014). 

Before coming to Edinburgh in September 2018, she worked as Departmental Lecturer in Early Islamic History at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford (2012-2014) and Lecturer in the History of the Pre-Modern Middle East at SOAS University of London (2014-2016). She was also as a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire d’Excellence sur les Études Méditerranéennes (LabexMed), Aix-Marseille Université (2014-2016).

Undergraduate teaching

Islamic History A: The Formation of the Islamic World 

Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the ‘Gunpowder Empires’

The First Muslim Empire: Islam before Sunnism and Shi‘ism 

Postgraduate teaching

The Umayyad Empire: The Islamic World in its Late Antique Context

Msc in Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic Studies: 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Dr Legendre also supervises dissertations for the Msc in Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic Studies. 

Research summary

Dr Legendre's research interests include late antique and early Islamic history, especially social and economic history (500–1200), the early Islamic conquest, administrative and fiscal history of the Umayyad and Abbasid empires, non-Muslims under Muslim rule, women and gender, Arabic and Coptic papyrology and multilingualism. 

Current research interests

• Late antique and early Islamic administration and fiscal practices • Early Islamic Egypt • Umayyad and Abbasid history • Women in early Islam • Arabic papyrology • Coptic papyrology • Multilingualism

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