Associate Professor and Heiden College Chair
Byzantine History, mainly middle and late period (seventh-fifteenth centuries); diplomatics; cross-cultural relations with the Muslim world and the Latin East.
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., University of Vienna
Member, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung
Research and Teaching Interests
Alexander’s research interests focus on the middle and late Byzantine period and may be divided into three areas: Byzantine diplomatics and institutional history; diplomacy, communication, and cross-cultural exchange between Byzantium and the Muslim world; Byzantine-Frankish contacts in the crusader states and the Eastern Mediterranean. He has published two monographs on the transmission of Byzantine letters and official documents in Arabic medieval sources and on Greek documents issued in the crusader kingdom of Cyprus. His scholarly articles address forms of communication and ritual aspects in Byzantine-Muslim relations, and institutional and social transformation in Frankish-held territories of Byzantium. He has collaborated in a major project of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences on summaries of Byzantine imperial charters and has co-edited collective volumes on diplomatics and ceremonies in the Eastern Mediterranean. More recently, he works on the perception of Byzantium, the papacy, and medieval western kingdoms in Muslim sources and Byzantine perceptions of the Seljuk Turks in Asia Minor.
Alexander currently prepares a monograph on the Turkish penetration of Asia Minor in the eleventh and twelfth century. This book intends to give a new interpretation of the earliest stage in the so-called Turkification and Islamization process of Anatolia, going beyond well-established stereotypes and concepts of national historical discourses. Simultaneously, he tries to extend this focus in a comparative approach towards the early Ottoman period.
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Department of History
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Notre Dame, IN 46556