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Faculty Profile

David Commins

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

Contact Information

on sabbatical Spring 2021

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

Spring 2020

HIST 122 Middle East since 1750
Cross-listed with MEST 122-01.

MEST 122 Middle East since 1750
Cross-listed with HIST 122-01.

MEST 200 Sunni and Shia Islam
Cross-listed with RELG 260-01 and HIST 215-01. The first part of the course will examine the historical formation of Sunni and Shiite traditions during the early centuries of Islam. Topics will include political doctrine, theology, ritual, and law. The second part of the course will focus on modern sectarian conflict and initiatives to foster intra-Muslim ecumenism. Topics will include sectarian relations within countries, the role of regional rivalry in stoking sectarian strife, and pan-Islamic projects to overcome sectarian division.

HIST 215 Sunni and Shia Islam
Cross-listed with MEST 200-04 and RELG 260-01. The first part of the course will examine the historical formation of Sunni and Shiite traditions during the early centuries of Islam. Topics will include political doctrine, theology, ritual, and law. The second part of the course will focus on modern sectarian conflict and initiatives to foster intra-Muslim ecumenism. Topics will include sectarian relations within countries, the role of regional rivalry in stoking sectarian strife, and pan-Islamic projects to overcome sectarian division.

RELG 260 Sunni and Shia Islam
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01 and MEST 200-04.The first part of the course will examine the historical formation of Sunni and Shiite traditions during the early centuries of Islam. Topics will include political doctrine, theology, ritual, and law. The second part of the course will focus on modern sectarian conflict and initiatives to foster intra-Muslim ecumenism. Topics will include sectarian relations within countries, the role of regional rivalry in stoking sectarian strife, and pan-Islamic projects to overcome sectarian division.

MEST 550 Independent Research