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Maya Irish
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of History
 
e-mail:Maya.S.Irish@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. History (1995) University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Ph.D. History (2007) Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • M.A. History (2000) University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Art History
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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    Websites
     Rice History Department_faculty
     Academia.edu
     Academia.edu
     
    Research Areas
     Medieval Europe, Medieval Iberia, Kingdom of Castile in the High to Late Middle Ages, Jewish-Christian Relations
     
    Teaching Areas
     Medieval European and Mediterranean history, Medieval Spain,Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Frontier Societies
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "The Problem of Old Debts: Jewish Moneylenders in Northern Castile (Belorado and Miranda de Ebro, ca. 1300)." Sefarad, 74 (2) (2014) : 279-303.

     
     

    Tamquam domino proprio: Contesting Ecclesiastical Lordship Over Jews in Thirteenth-Century Castile.”  Medieval Encounters 19 (2013), 534-566.

     
     Books
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "Jews and Christians in Medieval Castile: Tradition, Coexistence, and Change ." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "Toward 1391: the anti-Jewish preaching of Ferrán Martínez in Seville." Jew-hatred from the Middle Ages to the Present Day: Change and Continuity (2016) Submitted

     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "The Castilian Monarchy and the Jews (11th to 13th Century)." Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan, ed. Katherine L. Jansen, G. Geltner, and Anne E. Lester. (2013) : 39-49.

     
     

    Thomas Barton and Maya Soifer Irish "Languages of the Law: Parallel Societies in Medieval Iberia and the Mediterranean." Mapping the Medieval Mediterranean, c. 300-1550: An Encyclopedia of Perspectives in Research, ed. Amity Law (2016) Submitted

     
     

    “The Castilian Monarchy and the Jews (11th to 13th Century).” Katherine L. Jansen, G. Geltner, and Anne E. Lester, eds., Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan. Leiden: Brill, 2013, 39-49.

     
     Book reviews
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "Review of James Todesca, ed., The Emergence of Leon-Castile c. 1065-1500: Essays Presented to J.F.O'Callaghan (Ashgate, 2015) ." The Medieval Review (2016)


    https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/22493/28396
     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "Review of Karina F. Attar and Lynn Shutters, eds., Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)." Speculum , 91 (4) (2016) : 1066-1067.

     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish "Review of Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo's 'Friendship in Medieval Iberia: Historical, Legal and Literary Perspectives' (Ashgate, 2014)." Bulletin of Spanish StudiesSubmitted

     
     

    Review of Ryan Szpiech, Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013).  The Journal of Religion

     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish, "Review of Anne Marie Wolf, Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace: Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century. History, Languages, and Cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese Worlds. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. 2014." Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: Vol. 39, Vol. 39 (1) (2015) : Article 9.

     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish, "Review of Carolina Carl, A Bishopric Between Three Kingdoms: Calahorra, 1045-1190 (Brill, 2011)." Bulletin of Spanish Studies , 91 (3) (2014) : 454-455.

     
     

    Review of Janna Bianchini, The Queen’s Hand: Power and Authority in the Reign of Berenguela of Castile (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Bulletin of Spanish Studies

     
     

    Review of Paola Tartakoff, Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Crown of Aragon, 1250-1391 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, 2014: http://aarhms.wildapricot.org/New_Book_Reviews?mode=MessageList&eid=1430979&tpg=2

     
     

    Review of Carolina Carl, A Bishopric Between Three Kingdoms: Calahorra, 1045-1190 (Brill, 2011).  Bulletin of Spanish Studies, March 2014

     

     
     

    Review of Joseph Montville, ed. History As Prelude: Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean (Lexington Books, 2011).  Intertwined Worlds, 2012: http://intertwinedworlds.wordpress.com/ 

     

     
     

    Maya Soifer Irish, Review of Late Medieval Jewish Identities: Iberia and Beyond, ed. by Carmen Caballero-Navas and Esperanza Alfonso (The Medieval Review, June 2011)

     

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

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    Religious Reform and Antisemitism in Late Fourteenth-Century Castile, Religion and (the Master) Narrative: Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Belief and Practice; Boulder, CO, October 2015

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    "Ferrán Martínez in Seville: Toward Understanding the Pogroms of 1391, International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 2015." (2015)

     
     

    "The Castilian Monarchy and the Jews (11th to 13th Century),  The Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN, April 2013."

     
     Invited Papers
     

    “Ferrán Martínez and the Social Anti-Judaism of Fourteenth-Century Castile," 10th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies: “Jewish and Non-Jewish Cultures in Contact: New Research Perspectives," Paris, France, July 2014.

     
     

    “The Castilian Monarchy and the Jews (11th to 13th Century)”

                The Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN, April 2013

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "“Was there a convivencia in medieval Spain?” Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2015." (2015)

     
     

    "Jewish Moneylending in Northern Castile: The Problem of Old Debts,  Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid (Spain)." (June 3, 2014)

     
     

    "Jews and Christians in Medieval Castile"

    Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Initiation Banquet, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, March 6, 2013.

     
     

    “The Legal Status of Religious Minorities in the Medieval Mediterranean”

                Texas A&M University, Religion and Culture Working Group, April 16, 2012

     

     
     

    "Anti-Jewish Legislative Discourse in Castile." Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston, MA. (January 9, 2011)

     
     Lectures
     

    “Crypto-Jewish Women and the Spanish Inquisition," Jewish Theological Seminary’s “Jewish Women’s University for a Day," Rice University, October 27, 2013

     
     

    Convivencia between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain,” September 26, 2011 Jewish Community Center of Houston

    Revisiting the History of the Jews of Spain, 3rd Annual Rice University Jewish Studies Program Lecture Series

     
     Panelist
     

    "“New Research Directions: Medieval Iberia.”  Roundtable discussion in Memoriam of Olivia Remie Constable, International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 2015." (2015)

     
     Workshops
     

    "Toward 1391: the Anti-Jewish Preaching of Ferrán Martínez in Seville.  The Medieval Roots of Anti-Semitism: an Interdisciplinary Workshop, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities, Stockholm (Sweden).." (February 11, 2015)