Mathieu Eychenne is a historian and arabist and a specialist of the Medieval Near East and Egypt.
He holds a Ph.D in History from the Aix-Marseille University (2007).
He worked as a researcher fellow at the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo) in Damascus (2008-11) and Beirut (2011-13). He taught at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) in 2014-15. In 2016-17, he has been awarded with a Junior Fellowship at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg at the University of Bonn in Germany.
Since 2014, he is an associate researcher of the CNRS research team Islam médiéval (UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée, Paris) and associate researcher of the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo).
He is currently a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Orient Institut Beirut (Max Weber Foundation) since October 2017.
His research interests include the social and economic history of medieval and early modern Bilad al-Sham and Egypt, with a focus on Damascus and its province.
His current research encompasses the interactions of Damascus with its countryside, focusing on rural and urban economy (land property, waqfs, agricultural production, pricing), environmental issues (climate, physical landscape, water management) and social relationships (family networks, women, transmission).