Amel Bensalim

Graduate Student

Amel is a PhD student in the Department of History specializing in medieval Mediterranean history. She is especially interested in the relationship between legal and institutional structures and their impact on the lives and conditions of medieval people in North Africa. She has a long standing interest in the interplay between legal texts and legal language and the messiness of the realities they tried to regulate. She has also developed a deep love for all texts illegible, and is keenly interested in Latin, Arabic, and Judaeo-Arabic palaeography, as well as documents, manuscripts, and all things codicological. 

Her previous research has considered diplomacy and change under the Hafsid Sultanate of Ifriqiya from 1220-1450, and comparative municipal post-conquest strategies of control and population management in medieval Iberia and Wales.  Amel has an MA in History from Queen's University and a BAH in History and English from Dalhousie University, and was awarded the University Medal in History from Dalhousie University. Her Master's thesis, entitled "Metamorphosis in the Ifriqiyan Cocoon: Ḥafṣid State Formation, Diplomacy, and Transformation, 1220-1450" won the Queen's University Department of History 2021-22 MA Thesis Prize, and was funded by a generous scholarship from Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Amel considers her work interdisciplinary, and heartily welcomes any colleagues or prospective applicants with overlapping interests in the medieval Mediterranean to reach out. In her free time, Amel enjoys traditional and digital painting, as well as various outdoor activities. 

Year of Study
Third Year
Area of Interest
Book History
Environmental History
History of Archives
Imperial History
Legal History
Material Culture
Peasant Studies
Rural History
Social History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
6th through 14th Centuries
15th & 16th Centuries
Middle East and North Africa