(Catlos, Brian A. - 2015) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work
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One of the world’s leading figures in the study of medieval Iberia, Professor Catlos has made seminal contributions to the study of Mediterranean history. In 2014, he published two book length studies, an impressive achievement in just one year. In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad, he argues that politics and power define interactions between religions in the medieval world. His second monograph, Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, won the Albert Hourani prize, the most important award in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Catlos’s research impacts many scholars. After joining CU-Boulder in 2010, he established the CU Mediterranean Studies Group, which has involved over 30 CU faculty members and graduate students across eight departments and organizes a robust program of workshops, conferences and speaker events on campus. Prior to coming to CU, Catlos established a similar center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has integrated the two centers. His scholarship, leadership and drive are transforming research in medieval studies both nationally and internationally.