Linda G. Jones specializes in the religious and cultural history of medieval al-Andalus and the Maghreb (12th to 15th centuries). Her research interests focus on textual representations of gender dynamics and masculinity in medieval Islam; (trans)cultural encounters between Islam and Christendom in the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean reflected in Almohad, Nasrid, Mudejar, and Castilian texts; medieval Islamic oratory and comparative medieval sermon studies. She has explored these topics as the PI of two competitive research projects funded by the Spanish government and the European Union, “Writing Religious, Transcultural, Gendered Identities and Alterities in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean,” FEDER/Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades/ Agencia Estatal de Investigación (PGC2018-093472-B-C32 (2019-2022) and, previously, “Interdisciplinary and Comparative Studies in Religious, (Trans)cultural, and Gendered Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and the Mediterranean,” Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad; FEDER (FFI2015-63659-C2-2-P) (2016-2019).
Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies of the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. Her doctoral dissertation comparing Muslim and Christian preaching in medieval Iberia won the USA national Malcolm H. Kerr Award for best dissertation in Middle Eastern Studies in the Humanities. She was awarded two competitive post-doctoral research contracts: a Ramón y Cajal research professorship (UPF, 2014-2018) and a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral research position in the Department of Medieval History of the Milà i Fontanals-CSIC in Barcelona (2007-2010). She has received numerous grants from competitive funding agencies in the United States to conduct her doctoral and postdoctoral research, including Fulbright Hays, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, “Muslim Preaching in 13th-Century Christian Spain”, Ref.: FA-57835 (2014-2015). Jones has published extensively on medieval Islamic preaching: her first monograph, The Power of Oratory in the Medieval Muslim World (Cambridge University Press, 2012), numerous book chapters, and journal articles. She has coordinated three collective volumes on comparative religions and sermons studies: a monographic volume on Christian, Jewish, and Muslim preaching in the Anuario de Estudios Medievales 42 no. 1 (2012), L.G. Jones/A. Dupont-Hamy, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Preaching in the Medieval Mediterranean and Europe: Identities and Interfaith Encounters. Series, SERMO 15, Turhout: Brepols Press, 2019) and A. Coello de la Rosa/L.G. Jones, Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Striving for Remembrance (14th to 20th centuries). Series: Sanctity in Global Society, London: Routledge Press/ T&F. 2020, as well as numerous chapters and articles on gender and masculinity in medieval Islam.
Dr. Jones is Vice-President of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS), Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Men, Masculinities, and Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion, and has served on the Executive Committee of the American academic association, the Spain-North Africa Project. While serving in these associations she has organized several international conferences, including, the 22nd International Symposium of the IMSSS (León, July 2020). She is also on the editorial board of the new scholarly journal, Sermon Studies, published by Marshall University in West Virginia. She has also participated in and coordinated international conferences on comparative religions funded by the Institut Universitari Jaume Vicens i Vives and the Casa de Velázquez.