James E. Lindsay
Office: Clark B-352
Office Hours: I am on sabbatical in Fall 2017
- Middle East History
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 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 (AGS) 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 and other professionals 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 may be completed on campus or online and requires a completion of 12 credits.
Courses I teach regularly:
HIST 115 The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500
HIST 432 Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur'an
HIST 433 Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present
HIST 438 The Modern Middle East
Courses I teach occasionally:
HIST 431 Ancient Israel
HIST 435 Jihad and Reform in Islamic History
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar
HIST 532 Reading Seminar: Middle East
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, 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 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present (Spring 2018; TR 2:00-3:15) - Syllabus
Diverse physical geography, rich material culture, and complex history of the land of Israel: ancient, medieval, and modern.
HIST 492 Capstone Seminar—Jerusalem: A City Holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims (Spring 2018; T 11:00-11:50) - Syllabus
This seminar examines the complex and contested history of Jerusalem from the ancient to the modern periods. Along the way, students will obtain a broad knowledge of the course of eastern Mediterranean history, and will gain an appreciation of the diversity of claims that have been made on Jerusalem throughout the pre-modern and modern periods. Students will write weekly analytical review essays on the seminar readings. Students will also write a 15-20-page research paper based on primary and secondary sources on a Jerusalem-centered topic chosen in consultation with the instructor. During the final weeks of the seminar students will present their research findings to the seminar for critique and comment.