Dr. Davila

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Dr. Carl Davila

Phone: (585) 395-5699
E-Mail: cdavila@brockport.edu
Office: 331 Liberal Arts Building


  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Arab History
  • Classical Islam


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2006 (Arabic Studies)
  • B.A., SUNY College at Brockport, 1998 (History)

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014
  • Presidential Fellow, SUNY College at Brockport, 2006-2008
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Morocco, "The Moroccan Andalusian Music Tradition: Between the Spoken and the Written," 2005-2006.
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Research in Morocco, "Translation and Textual Analysis of the Andalusian Music," 2004-2005.
  • Graduate Research Grant, American Institute for Maghreb Studies, "Al-Musiqa al-Andalusiyya fi al-Magrib al-Aqsa: The Survival and Preservation of a Literary Tradition." 2003-2004.
  • Presidential Citation for Outstanding Graduating Student, SUNY College at Brockport, 1998.

Courses Taught

  • Classical Islamic Civilization
  • Classical Arabic and Islamic Poetry
  • Classical Arabic Literature in History
  • Islam
  • Jihad
  • Sufism
  • The Qur'ān
  • Islamic Spain: Histories and Legacies
  • Middle East Regional Seminar
  • "The Enemy in the Mirror": East-West (Mis)representation
  • "Of Folk and Swords: EMpires of Eurasia"
  • Gender in the Islamic World


  • Text variants, Mixed Orality, and the Anthologies of Ramal al-maga,Al-Abhath v. 62-63, 2014-2015 (forthcoming)
  • The Pen, the Voice, the Text: Ramal al-Māya in Cultural Context. Leiden: EJ Brill, forthcoming.
  • Al-Āla: History, Society and Text Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2013.
  • "The Andalusi Turn: The Nūba in Mediterranean History,” Journal of Mediterranean Studies, special issue in press.
  • “East Winds and Full Moons: Ramal al-Māya and the Peregrinations of Love-Poetry Images,” Journal of North African Studies, special issue produced by the Spain-North Africa Project, vol. 19 no. 1, 2014. 7-26.
  • Yā man qātilī bi-l-tajannī: Love, Contextualized Meaning and Praise of the Prophet in Ramal al-Māya.” Quaderni di Studi Arabi, Special Issue 7, 2012. 47-68.
  • "Fixing a Misbegotten Biography: Ziryab in the Mediterranean World." Al-Masâq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 12 (ii) 2009.

Conferences and Presentation

  • “The Andalusi Turn: The Nūba Tradition in the Mediterranean World” lectures given at two parallel conferences: “Sounding Communities: Music and the Three Religions in Medieval Iberia” (UC Riverside and Columbia University, February, 2014)
  • "Slaves and Wives, Fact and Fiction: Uncovering Gender Ideology in Classical Islamic Spain" lecture given at the Department of History, National University of Ireland in Maynooth, March 2012.
  • "'They called her the imām': Artiste Slaves and the Production of Courtly Music in 9th-Century Cordoba" paper presented at the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT, March, 2010.
  • "Ka-dāratin ʿalā t-tamām : The Facets of al-madīḥ an-nabawī in Nūbat Ramal al-Māya" lecture given at the Yale Arabic Colloquium, December, 2010.
  • Conference organizer: Reconsidering 'the Orient' and 'the Occident' in the 21st Century: Observing the 30th Anniversary of Edward Said's Orientalism, the College at Brockport, 12 April, 2008. www.brockport.edu/orientalism
  • "The Other Andalusian Music: Andalusi Strophic Poetry in the Moroccan Samâ' wa-Madîh" presented at the Third International Conference on Andalusian Strophic Poetry at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, October, 2007.
  • "Fixing a Misbegotten Biography: Ziryâb in the Mediterranean World," presented at the International Medieval Conference, University of Leeds, UK, July 2006.
  • "Kun shafīʿī: Orality and Literacy in the Moroccan Āla," presented at the Middle Eastern Studies Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., November 2005.
  • "A Tradition of Teaching a Tradition: Oral and Literate Dimensions of the Moroccan Āla," presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference in Atlanta, GA, November 2005.
  • "Andalusian Strophic Poetry Between the Spoken and the Written: The Case of the Moroccan Andalusian Music," presented at Muwashshah: Andalusian Strophic Poetry and Its Hebrew and Persian Cognates conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, October, 2004.

Current Projects

  • Further study of the reception and integration of the Andalusi literary-musical legacy in North Africa. I am particularly interested in the ways that the various nūba traditions have enmeshed the classical Arabic poetic stream in discourses of communal identity, national memory and so on.
  • Co-editing with Jonathan Shannon a forthcoming anthology entitled Echoes of al-Andalus, featuring a range of scholarship on the Andalusian music traditions of the Mediterranean region..

Last Updated 2/7/18

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