Maribel Fierro is a leading expert on the pre-modern history of the western Islamic world. In her research she has elucidated, in particular, the interaction between politics, religion, and science in al-Andalus, the part of today’s Spain that was under Muslim rule from the 8th to the 15th century. Her research reveals, for example, how closely the political and social developments in al-Andalus were intertwined with those of other Islamic countries.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation receives funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to finance this award, with which the foundation aims to promote the internationalization of the humanities and social sciences in Germany. The eight award winners (four men, four women) were selected from among 60 nominees from 17 countries. Most of the nominees are from the USA (24) and Great Britain (7), Israel (4), the Netherlands (4), and Spain (4). The award ceremony will be held in the fall of 2014. The nomination deadline for the next selection round for the Anneliese Maier Research Award is April 30, 2014.
Annually, the Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time doing research in Germany. The foundation maintains a worldwide network of more than 26,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in 130 countries - including 50 Nobel Prize winners.