Research Statement

Past research and publications on classical Islamic historiography, rural-urban relations in Syria during the 10th-13th centuries, and North African social history in the 19th century. Numerous articles and chapters on Islam, Islamism, and contemporary social questions in the Middle East. Currently working on a monograph on Islamic Origins (600-750 CE).


  • The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Granite School District, history teachers . Presentation, Presented, 10/15/2016.
  • The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Granite School District, history teachers. Presentation, Presented, 11/07/2015.
  • Homosexuality in Classical Islam, presentation and discussion, LGTB Guild, Salt Lake City, . Presentation, Presented, 01/19/2015.
  • The Self-Declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: An Ancient Utopia Pursued with Modern Technology, 23 pp., presentation at Louisiana State University. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/15/2014.


  • German, fluent.
  • French, fluent.
  • Arabic, functional.
  • Turkish, basic.
  • Latin, fluent.
    Obviously, noone except the pope, "speaks" Latin: I read it fluently.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Western Asia
  • Northern Africa
  • Eastern Europe
  • Spain
  • Portugal


  • Entries (Short Chapters) entitled "The Quran," "Hadith," and "Ahmad ibn Fadlan," in Margaret Pabst Battin, ed., The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 191-203 and 207-209. Published, 10/05/2015.
  • "Christology and Prophetology in the Umayyad Arab Empire," in Markus Gross and Karl-Heinz Ohlig, eds., Die Entstehung einer Weltreligion III (Berlin: Verlag Hans Schiler, 2014), 255-285. Published, 12/20/2014.
  • Patterns of World History, 2nd revised edition (New York: Oxford University Press, copyright 2015), published in November 2014. Published, 11/15/2014.
  • "Preface: The Rise of Balkan Nationalism within the Triangle of the Ottoman, Austrian, and Russian Empires, 1800-1878," in M. Hakan Yavuz and Isa Blumi, eds., War and Nationalism: The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913, and Thei Sociopolitical Implications (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2013), XXIII-XXXVII. Published, 06/01/2013.
  • Patterns of World History, Brief Edition. Published, 12/09/2012.
  • Patterns of World History, 1st edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). Published, 12/09/2011.