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Steven Judd

Image of Steven JuddProfessor of MIddle East history 


Office: EN C 219 E
Phone: 203-392-5605


PhD, University of Michigan, 1997
MA, University of Michigan, 1993
BA, St. Olaf College, 1989 

Works in Progress: 

 'Abd al-Rahmān b. 'Amr al-Awzā'ī and the Formation of Islamic Thought           


Religious Scholars and the Umayyads: Piety-Minded Supporters of theMarwānid Caliphate (Routledge, 2013)

 Selected Articles and Book Chapters: 

 "Ghaylān al-Dimashqī: The Isolation of a Heretic in Islamic Historiography,"  International Journal of  Middle East Studies, 31 (May, 1999) 

"Ibn 'Asākir's Sources for the late Umayyad Period," in Ibn 'Asākir in Islamic History, ed. James Lindsay (Princeton: Darwin Press, 2002) 

"Competitive Hagiography in Biographies of Al-Awzā'ī and Sufyān al-Thawrī" Journal of the American Oriental Society, 122 (2002) 

"What about Bilād al-shām? The Importance of Umayyad Syria in the Formation of Islamic Thought,"             Al-'Usur al-Wusta: The Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists 15 (2003) 

"Al-Awzā'ī and Sufyān al-Thawrī: The Umayyad Madhhab?" in The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution, and Progress, ed. P. Bearman, F. Vogel, R. Peters (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005) 

"Character Development in al-Tabarī's and al-Balādhurī's Narratives of Late Umayyad History," in Insights into Arabic Literature and Islam: Ideas, Concepts and Methods of Portrayal, ed. Sebastian Gunther (Leiden: Brill, 2005) 

"Reevaluating al-Walīd b. Yazīd," Journal of the American Oriental Society 128 (2008) 

"Medieval explanations for the fall of the Umayyads," in Umayyad Heritage, ed. A. Borrut and P. Cobb (Leiden: Brill, 2010) 

"Muslim Persecution of Heretics During the Marwānid Period (64-132/684-750)," Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 23 (2011) 

Teaching and Research interests

Early Islamic History, Islamic Law, Islamic Theology, Arabic Historiography, Muslim Fundamentalism, Modern Middle Eastern History 


HIS 104: Islamic Civilization
HIS 240: Middle East: Muhammad to the Mongols
HIS 241: Modern Middle East
HIS 280: Modern Iraq
HIS 340: The Crusades
HIS 341: Islamic Fundamentalism
HIS 571: The Medieval Middle East
HIS 572: The Modern Middle East