Daniel Reynolds

 

About

Title of thesis: Monasticism and Christian Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine c.614-c.950

Supervisor: Professor Leslie Brubaker

Funding: AHRC

Qualifications

  • BA (EU) Hons. Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Leicester
  • MA Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham

Biography

I received my Bachelors degree in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Leicester. Following a year at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, where I developed a passion for all things ‘medieval’, and working as a field archaeologist in the UK, I moved to the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies to pursue a master’s degree in Byzantine Studies. My postgraduate experience at the centre further cemented my interest in the Late Antique and Early Medieval Levant and so I stayed to pursue a PhD funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which I submitted in September 2013.

I am now currently working as a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in the School of History and Cultures where I teach a number of undergraduate courses on Archaeology, Late Antique and Medieval History and the material culture of the East Mediterranean.  I am also the co-curator of the Faith and Fortune exhibition currently on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.   

Teaching

  • Byzantium and the Transformation of the Roman World
  • Barbarians and the Transformation of the Roman World
  • Art and Society in the Medieval Mediterranean
  • Late Antiquity
  • Living in the Medieval World 1050-1500
  • Discovering the Middle Ages 500-1050
  • Medieval Survey 1050-1500
  • Cities in the Medieval Mediterranean: monuments and memories
  • Investigating the Past

Doctoral research

PhD title Monasticism and Christian Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine c.614-c.950
Supervisor Professor Leslie Brubaker
Course Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

Research

My primary research focuses on the material culture of the East Mediterranean between the fourth and tenth centuries with a particular focus on the former Byzantine provinces of Arabia, Palestine and Syria (now within the modern territories of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, the Sinai Peninsula, and Syria). My doctoral thesis explored the impact of the Arab conquest on monasticism and Christian pilgrimage between the seventh and tenth centuries.  In particular, my thesis examined the role of localized patronage and urban/rural economies in sustaining pilgrimage churches and monasteries in contrast to the traditional ‘pilgrim’s economy’ model.  

My broader research interests touch on the development of the Christian cult landscape of Palestine and Arabia and pilgrimage to Christian Jerusalem prior to the Crusades (notably that undertaken by local populations rather than western travelers) and on the material networks of goods and patron economies that facilitated the construction and decoration of churches in the region.   

I am currently working on establishing project to examine perceptions of Jerusalem and the ‘Christian Holy Land’ in the Early Medieval Period alongside an analysis of iconoclasm in Umayyad Palestine.  

Research Grants and Awards

  • Council for British Research in the Levant Pilot Study Award 2013
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award 
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Preparation Masters Scheme
  • John Hurst Award 2007, Society for Medieval Archaeology  

Other activities

Excavation Work

  • 2012: The Islamic Jarash Project, Stanford University  
  • 2011: The Late Antique Jarash Project, University of Copenhagen

Research Papers (Most notable and Forthcoming)

2014

  • Byzantium from below: caves and crypts as cult spaces in Byzantine Palestine
    The University of York 
  • Money matters: exhibiting coins as economic artefacts
    The British Museum, London
  • Money matters: exhibiting coins as economic artefacts
    The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

2013

  • Christian Iconoclasm in Umayyad Palestine
    Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem 
  • Byzantine Jerusalem through Melkite eyes
    Strategios’ Capture of Jerusalem in its 10th-century context
    Leeds International Medieval Congress 2013
  • The Jerusalem above wept for the Jerusalem below
    University of Leicester
  • Christian iconoclasm in Umayyad Palestine: social and economic perspectives 
    University of Oxford
  • The View of Jerusalem from Jarrow in the 8th century     University of Birmingham

2012

  • Christian Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine
    Leeds International Medieval Congress 2012
  • `Monasticism and Pilgrimage in the Eighth Century  
    All Souls College, University of Oxford
  • ‘Monasticism and Pilgrimage in Early Islamic Palestine c.614-950’ 
    Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, University of Oxford 

Museum Exhibitions

I recently co-curated the numismatic exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts entitled Faith and Fortune: visualizing the divine on Byzantine and Early Islamic coinage. This exhibition draws on some of the highlights of Byzantine and Early Islamic coinage housed in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts world-class collection of Late Roman and Byzantine coinage.

Outreach

In collaboration with other postgraduates of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, I successfully set up an outreach programme designed to introduce students from local schools to Byzantine studies. This is scheduled to run until 2016.

Research Projects

The British Academy Open Access Project, The British Academy
I have been commissioned by the British Academy as a research assistant to help produce the British Academy’s research report on the UK government’s proposed open access policy for journal publications

Minority Faith Project, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Birmingham
I worked as part of a collaborative project between the Institute of Applied Social Studies by Dr. Chris Allen which focused on minority faith communities and minority identity. My research contributed a historical study of Christian communities as minorities in Early Islamic Palestine and an analysis of reconstructions of this period in popular historical writing and contemporary inter-faith dialogue.

Conferences and Workshops organised

‘Three Cities Alliance’ postgraduate numismatic training day 2013
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

A Metamorphic World: defining the Holy Land from the Medieval to
the Early Modern era, c.300-c.1900
 Leeds International Medieval Congress 2013  
The University of Leeds

‘Goods and Ideas: Bridging Continents in the Byzantine World’
International Medieval Congress 2012
The University of Leeds

Getting Research into Public Policy Summer School 2012 (with Rebecca Darley)
Institute of Applied Social Studies
University of Birmingham

‘Middle Earth’: Exchange, Influence, Memory and Legacy 2011
Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Colloquium
University of Birmingham

‘The Shadow of the Past’ 2010 (with Frouke Schrijver)
Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies Postgraduate Colloquium
University of Birmingham

Website

http://bham.academia.edu/DanielReynolds

Publications

Reynolds, D (forthcoming). ‘Monasticism in early Islamic Palestine: contours of debate’, in R. Hoyland and M. Legendre (eds.), The Late Antique World of Early Islam: Muslims among   Christians and Jews in the East Mediterranean (Darwin Press: London)

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