Víctor de Castro León has a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Salamanca (2015). Before coming to the MPIWG he was a researcher in the project “Practicing knowledge in Islamic societies and their neighbours” (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, IP M. Fierro, Anneliese Maier Award 2014) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid directed by Maribel Fierro. He is also a team member of the Research Project “Local contexts and global dynamics: al-Andalus and the Maghreb in the Islamic East” (FF12016-78878-R AEI / FEDER UE) at the CSIC, Spain. His research focuses on Andalusi historiography, the history of Nasrid kingdom of Granada (thirteenth-fifteenth centuries) and the intellectual production of the Islamic West. His recent publications include “Historiography and Geography” in The Routledge Handbook of Muslim Iberia (2020). At the MPIWG, he is working with Prof. Dr. Sonja Brentjes on the project Mediterranean Nautical Cartography: Islands or Gateways of Knowledge? Taking the visual and textual elements of three sixteenth-century Tunisian products composed by ´Ali al-Sharafi, two atlases and a big world map, he focuses on how they were produced and the different and complex cultural processes that took place in their composition.
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