James E. Lindsay
Office: Clark B-352
Office Hours: TR 3:30-4:30; and by appointment
- Middle East History
I joined the Department of History at Colorado State University in 1996. My teaching repertoire includes courses on various aspects of ancient, medieval, and modern Middle East history. One of my favorite courses, “The Land of Israel: Past and Present,” includes a two-week field trip to Israel over winter break. Beginning in fall 2019, I hope to lead a CSU study abroad program at Tel Aviv University. This program will begin in late July 2019, with a six-week intensive Hebrew Language program. The fall semester will begin after the Jewish High Holidays and run through the first week of January 2020. Students will be back in the U.S. in plenty of time to begin the spring 2020 semester at CSU.
My research is focused primarily on the history and historiography of the Islamic Near East in the middle ages. Suleiman A. Mourad (Smith College) and I are currently working on a book project, The Islamic Middle East in the Crusader Period: A Reader, that brings together a broad range of Middle Eastern Muslim texts—chronicles, memoirs, biographical dictionaries, poetry, religious texts, monumental inscriptions, coins, and images—from the Crusader Period (ca. 1090-1300). This primary source reader will be of interest to scholars and students of the Crusades and Islamic history, especially with respect to the varieties of Muslim reactions to the Crusader invasion and challenge and its impact on Islamic thought and on Muslims internal relations.
In January 2016, I began serving as the Academic Coordinator for Colorado State University's Office of Defense Engagement (ODE). One of my principal responsibilities is overseeing the ODE’s three Graduate Certificates in Applied Global Stability: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Water Resources. The Graduate Certificates in Applied Global Stability (GCAGS) are designed to meet the global stability needs of senior non-commissioned officers and mid-career officers in the Special Operations (SOF) and Civil Affairs communities as well as the global stability needs of other Department of Defense, USAID, Peace Corps, and development professionals. CSU graduate students are encouraged enroll in a GCAGS that meets their professional goals and aspirations as well. Each certificate may be completed on campus or online and requires a completion of 12 credits.
Courses I teach regularly:
HIST 115 Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500
HIST 431 Ancient Israel
HIST 432 Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur'an
HIST 433 Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
HIST 435 Jihad and Reform in Islamic History
HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present (Winter Break travel course; next offered January 2018)
HIST 438 The Modern Middle East
HIST 469 The Crusades (next offered Spring 2018)
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar--Jerusalem: A City Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims (next offered spring 2018)
Ph.D. History University of Wisconsin, 1994.
The Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in the Crusader Period: Ibn ‘Asakir of Damascus (1105–1176) and His Age; with an edition and translation of Ibn ‘Asakir’s The Forty Hadiths for Inciting Jihad (co-authored with Suleiman A. Mourad). Leiden: Brill, 2012. (Issued in paperback in 2015.)
Historical Dimensions of Islam: Pre-Modern and Modern Periods--Essays in Honor of R. Stephen Humphreys (co-edited with Jon Armajani). Princeton: Darwin Press, 2009.
Daily Life in the Medieval Islamic World. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005 (Issued in paperback by Hackett Publishing, 2008; translated and published in Arabic by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, Kalima, 2012.)
Ibn ‘Asakir and Early Islamic History (ed.). Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam, no. 20. Princeton: Darwin Press, 2001.
HIST 115 The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500 (Fall 2016; MWF 9:00-9:50) - Syllabus
Religion, society, and culture in the Islamic world from late antiquity to 1500.
HIST 431 Ancient Israel (Fall 2016; MWF 11:00-11:50) - Syllabus
Ancient Israel and the Near Eastern world of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, with a focus on historiography, material culture, religion, society, law, politics, warfare, etc.
HIST 438 Modern Middle East (Fall 2016; MWF 1:00-1:50) - Syllabus
Historical developments in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HIST 432 Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur’an (Spring 2017; TR 2:00-3:15) - Syllabus
Conceptions of sacred history in the biblical and quranic traditions, emphasizing pre-modern historiography and exegesis.