Faculty Profile

David Commins

Professor of History, Benjamin Rush Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (1987)

Contact Information

commins@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 205
http://users.dickinson.edu/~commins/

Bio

His teaching interests are in modern Middle Eastern history with an emphasis on Islamic thought and political movements. His most recent book is Islam in Saudi Arabia. His other books are The Gulf States: A Modern History, The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia, Historical Dictionary of Syria, and Islamic Reform.

Education

  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1985

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 121 Middle East to 1750
Cross-listed with MEST 121-01.

MEST 121 Middle East to 1750
Cross-listed with HIST 121-01.

HIST 404 US-Middle East Relations
Cross-listed with MEST 490-01. This seminar will examine episodes in US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the war in Iraq in a framework of historical hostility between Christendom and Islamdom. In addition to the diplomatic aspect, topics will include American missionary activity, petroleum, and immigration from the Middle East to the United States.

MEST 490 US-Middle East Relations
Cross-listed with HIST 404-01. This seminar will examine episodes in US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the war in Iraq in a framework of historical hostility between Christendom and Islamdom. In addition to the diplomatic aspect, topics will include American missionary activity, petroleum, and immigration from the Middle East to the United States.