Historical Studies

Half a century ago a French historian of rural Languedoc published a history of climate and people: climate changes, is subject to fluctuations, and (since history is about change) climate is the object of history.2 Le Roy...

Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, and Hassan Ansari, Member in the School, have coauthored Studies in Medieval Islamic Intellectual...

As recent events have demonstrated, one of the most significant phenomena of the Arab World’s modern history is the persistence and resilience of undemocratic government. Syria has enjoyed the dubious distinction of leadership in this respect,...

We are probably all familiar with the AncestryDNA advertisement for its genetic testing service in which a man states that he and his family had...

An arcane topic to most people, Syriac sources help shed a more complex light on the history of the Middle East from late antiquity to the Middle Ages. They reveal a non-imperial epoch and its rich contributions to the cultural and religious...

Monotheism constitutes one of the central doctrines of Islam. The notion is again and again voiced in the Qurʾān, thus for example in sūra 112 (entitled “Sincere Religion”) which, in the translation of Arthur Arberry, reads “Say...

To outsiders, the contentiousness, divisiveness, and downright un-neighborliness evident in the small Spanish town of Deza by the autumn of 1607 might well have seemed a tempest in a teapot. Those living in the newer Upper Neighborhood had been...

In this Friends Talk held at the Institute on October 13, 2017, Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, explores the world heritage of Islamic literature and the efforts to salvage the manuscripts of the Zaydi community...

Giles Constable, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, has authored Medieval Thought and Historiography (Routledge, 2017), examining how people in the Middle Ages thought and which...

Giles Constable, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, has authored Medieval Monasticism (Routledge, 2017), a collection of his key articles on medieval monastic and ecclesiastical history, which provides a...

Yve-Alain Bois, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, has co-authored Fred Sandback: Vertical Constructions (David Swirner...

Yve-Alain Bois, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, has coauthored Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER (Dancing Foxes Press/Portikus, 2017), a comprehensive overview of artist Amy Sillman's most recent...