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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 217

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

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

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

MEMS 200 Islam
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, RELG 259-01 and MEST 259-01.

HIST 259 Islam
Cross-listed with MEST 259-01, RELG 259-01 and MEMS 200-03.

MEST 259 Islam
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, RELG 259-01 and MEMS 200-03..

RELG 259 Islam
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, MEST 259-01 and MEMS 200-03.

HIST 404 Activism
The seminar will explore activism at different historical moments in different regions of the world, according to the backgrounds and interests of students in the class. Topics will include different historical approaches to the study of activism and explanations for the successes and failures of activist movements.