Mehdi Berriah is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He also teaches Arabic at Sciences Po Paris University and is an editor for SHARIAsource at the Program in Islamic Law of the Harvard Law School. He is currently leading a research project entitled « Medieval Jihad: Texts, Contexts and Pratices (7th-15th century) » funded by the French Central Office of Worship (Bureau central des cultes). His research and publications focus on Islamic thought, Ibn Taymiyya, ideology and laws of jihad, ulamaology, Islamic political and military history. He edited the collective volume Professional Mobility in Islamic Societies (700-1750): New Concepts and Approaches (published by Brill in 2021) and a collection of studies on the art of war of the Mamluks (published by Heritage in 2022), Les Mamelouks : les cavaliers de l’Islam.

Collective volumes

Mehdi Berriah et Clément Onimus (dir.), Dossier : « Jihad and fitna : penser et concevoir la guerre dans le Mašriq médiéval (VIIe-XVIe siècles) », Annales Islamologiques 56, 2022, 328 p.

Mehdi Berriah et Mohamad El-Merheb (éd.), Professional Mobility in Islamic Societies (700-1750): New Concepts and Approaches, Brill, Leyde, 2021, 260 p.


“Some New Insights regarding Mamluk Siege Artillery”, Annales Islamologiques 56, 2022, 139-159.

« ʿAyn Ǧālūt (658/1260): Re-evaluating of a So-Called Decisive Battle », Annales islamologiques 55, Ifao, 2022, 63-88.

“Ibn Taymiyya’s Methodology regarding his Sources: Reading, Selection and Use. Preliminary Study and Perspectives”, Filologie medievali e moderne. Serie orientale, 26/5 (Authors as Readers in the Mamlūk Period and Beyond), Elise Franssen (éd.), Edizioni Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 2022, 45-81.

« Ibn Taymiyya’s Conception of Jihad: Corpus, General Aspects, and Research Perspectives », Teosofi 12, no. 1, 2022, 43-70.