Faculty Profile

David Commins

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

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2015

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 The Gulf States: A Modern History. A new publication, Islam in Saudi Arabia, will be available later in 2014. His other books are 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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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

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

MEST 200 Modern Iran
Cross-listed with HIST 315-02. This course examines Iran's history from 1500 to the present, with an emphasis on political and religious developments under the Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic Republic.

HIST 204 Intro Historical Methodology
Local archives and libraries serve as laboratories for this project-oriented seminar that introduces beginning majors to the nature of history as a discipline, historical research techniques, varied forms of historical evidence and the ways in which historians interpret them, and the conventions of historical writing. Prerequisite: one previous course in history.

HIST 315 Modern Iran
Cross-listed with MEST 200-01. This course examines Iran's history from 1500 to the present, with an emphasis on political and religious developments under the Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic Republic.