James E. Lindsay
Office Hours:Monday & Wednesday 2:00-3:00; by appointment
- Middle East History
- Ph.D. History, University of Wisconsin, 1994
I joined the Department of History at Colorado State University in 1996. My teaching repertoire includes courses on pre-modern and modern Middle East history. My research is focused on the history and historiography of the Islamic Near East in the middle ages.
I am the director of the Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Minor. The Minor encompasses the major religious traditions of humankind. It enables students to integrate a field of special interest from offerings in religious studies and related areas. Students can study religion as viewed by different disciplines; e.g., philosophy, anthropology, history, liberal arts, music, sociology, and psychology. In addition, the program encourages students to view religious phenomena in their cultural context through the media of music and the arts.
I am also 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 (AGS) are designed to provide knowledge about global stability to non-commissioned officers and company- and field-grade officers in the Special Operations and Civil Affairs communities as well as other professionals in the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, Peace Corps and other entities working to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. CSU graduate students are encouraged enroll in an AGS certificate that meets their professional goals and aspirations as well. Each AGS certificate requires 12 credits and can be completed on campus or online. The certificate program is administered by CSU’s Office of Defense Engagement through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.
Courses I teach regularly:
HIST 115 The 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
HIST 438 The Modern Middle East
Courses I teach only occasionally:
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar
HIST 532 Reading Seminar: Middle East
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, 2013. (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 2018; MWF 11:00-11:50; Clark A-207)Syllabus
Religion, society, and culture in the Islamic world from late antiquity to 1500.
HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present (Fall 2018; MWF 1:00-1:50; Eddy 8)Syllabus
Diverse physical geography, rich material culture, and complex history of the land of Israel: ancient, medieval, and modern.
HIST 438 Modern Middle East (Spring 2019; TR 12:30-1:45)Syllabus
Historical developments in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HIST 532 Reading Seminar: Middle East (Spring 2019; Tuesday 2:00-4:50; Clark C-362)Syllabus
Readings on major historiographical issues in Middle East history.
HIST 431 Ancient Israel (Summer 2019)
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.