Education

Duke University, Ph.D. 1999, Graduate Program in Religion. (Dual Degree Program: Islamic Studies and Late Antiquity)

Northwestern University, M.A. 1992, Department of the History and Literature of Religion. (Islamic Studies; Comparative Religion)

Michigan State University, B.A. 1988, Department of Philosophy.

Professional Experience

Southern Methodist University, 2005-, Associate Professor.

Southern Methodist University, 1999-2005, Assistant Professor.

Hampden-Sydney College, 1998-1999, Visiting Professor.

Areas of Research

Early Arabic religious literature; Islamic law; political Islam and extremism; Islam and religious minorities.

Areas of Teaching

Islamic studies; history of Christianity; political Islam and extremism in the Arabic-speaking Middle East; theory and method in the study of religion.

Publications

Books

Hunayn Ibn Ishaq on His Galen Translations, Eastern Christian Texts, vol. 3 (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2016).

Theodore Abu Qurrah, Library of the Christian East, vol. 1 (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2005). [chapters 1 and 2, his treatises Theologus Autodidactus and Against the Jews]

The Early Muslim Tradition of Dream Interpretation (New York: State University of New York Press, 2002). [introduction]

The Life of Timothy of Kakhushta, with Cyril Cairala, Patrologia Orientalis 48.4 (Turnhout: Editions Brepols, 2001). [selection]

The Life of Stephen of Mar Sabas, 2 vols., Corpus Scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium 578/579, Series Arabici 50/51 (Louvain: Editions Peeters, 1999).

John of Scythopolis and the Dionysian Corpus: Annotating the Areopagite, with Paul Rorem (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998). [introduction and chapter 1, on the earliest reception of the Areopagite]

Articles: Academic

"Agapios of Manbij," in The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700-1700): An Anthology of Sources, eds. Samuel Noble and Alexander Treiger, Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming Feb. 2014, 136-159, 312-316.

"Hagiography," in The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700-1700): An Anthology of Sources, eds. Samuel Noble and Alexander Treiger, Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming Feb. 2014, 112-135, 308-312.

"Theodore Abu Qurrah," in The Orthodox Church in the Arab World (700-1700): An Anthology of Sources, eds. Samuel Noble and Alexander Treiger, Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming Feb. 2014, 60-89, 297-300.

"Gerasimus of St. Symeon," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 4: 1200-1350 (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 661-666. [prepub (pdf)]

"Ibrahim Ibn Yuhanna," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 2: 900-1050 (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 611-616. [prepub (pdf)]

"The Disputation of Abu Ishaq and a Jew," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 2: 900-1050 (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 154-157. [prepub (pdf)]

"David of Damascus," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 2: 900-1050 (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 79-82. [prepub (pdf)]

"Theodore Abu Qurrah," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 1: 600-900 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 408-460. [prepub (pdf)]

"The Life of Timothy of Kakhushta," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 1: 600-900 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 904-907. [prepub (pdf)]

"Stephen of Mar Sabas," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 1: 600-900 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 398-402. [prepub (pdf)]

"The Life of John of Edessa," in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, 1: 600-900 (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 883-886. [prepub (pdf)]

"Abu Ja'far al-Qayini and His Vision of the Prophet Muhammad: An Early Muslim Autobiographical Dream Narrative," in M. Ashtiany, ed., Dreaming across Boundaries: The Interpretation of Dreams in Islamic Lands (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008), 78-98. [prepub (pdf)]

"The Biography of Theodore Abu Qurrah Revisted," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 56 (2002): 25-40. [pdf]

"Theodore Abu Qurrah and John the Deacon," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 42 (2001): 361-386. [pdf].

"The Arabic Version of the Life of John of Edessa," with H. Khairallah, Le Muséon 113 (2000): 439-460. [pdf]

"New Light on the Textual Tradition of Ibn Bahlul's Book of Signs," Le Muséon 112 (1999): 177-190. [pdf]

"The Provenance of Ecumenius' Commentary on the Apocalypse," Vigiliae Christianae 52 (1998): 88-108. [pdf]

"Some Notes on The Dream Manual of al-Dari," Rivista degli studi orientali 70 (1996): 47-52. [pdf]

"The Sources of Ibn Bahlul's Chapter on Dream Divination," Studia Patristica 33 (1996): 553-557.

"Early Eastern Christian Responses to Islam," in John Tolan, ed., Medieval Christian Perceptions of Islam: A Book of Essays, Garland Medieval Case Books, vol. 10 (New York: Garland Press, 1996), 3-31.

"An Arabic Version of Leontius of Byzantium's Thirty Chapters," Le Muséon 108 (1995): 343-365. [pdf]

"Episcopal Courts in Late Antiquity," Journal of Early Christian Studies 3 (1995): 143-167. [pdf]

"Some Notes on a Recent Edition of the Life of St. Stephen of Mar Sabas," Analecta Bollandiana 113 (1995): 117-126. [pdf]

"John of Scythopolis on Apollinarian Christology and the Pseudo-Areopagite's True Identity," with Paul Rorem, Church History 62 (1993): 469-482. [pdf]

"An Unedited Tract against the Armenians by Theodore Abu Qurrah," Le Muséon 105 (1992): 327-341. [pdf]

Articles: Popular

"John of Edessa and Phineas the Jew at the Court of Harun al-Rashid," Karmo 1 (1999): 5-21.

"Christianity's Earliest Encounters with Islam," Touchstone 5 (1992): 26-31. [pdf]

Articles: Encyclopedias

"Dreams," in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2 vols., ed. Richard C. Martin (New York: Macmillian Reference, 2003), 1:185.

Reviews

Sandra Toenies Keating, Defending the "People of Truth" in the Early Islamic Period: The Christian Apologies of Abu Ra'itah (Leiden, 2006): Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations 19 (2008): 130-132. [pdf]

Sidney H. Griffith, Yahya ibn 'Adi: The Reformation of Morals, A Parallel Arabic-English Text (Provo, 2002): Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, vol. 7, no. 2 (2004). [html]

Maria Mavroudi, A Byzantine Book on Dream Interpretation: The Oneirocriticon of Achmet and Its Arabic Sources (Leiden, 2002): International Journal of Middle East Studies 36 (2004): 285-286. [pdf]

Conference Presentations

"Theodore Abu Qurrah's Against the Outsiders: A Newly Discovered Arabic Work," Society of Biblical Literature (2004).

"Abu Ja'jar al-Qayini and His Vision of the Prophet Muhammad: An Early Muslim Autobiographical Dream Narrative," Middle East Studies Association of America (2003).

"The Life of Timothy of Kakhusta: A New Source for the History of Early Islamic Syria," American Oriental Society (2001).

"The Dialogue of John of Edessa and Phineas the Jew at the Court of Harun al-Rashid," North American Patristics Society (1998).

"The Sources of Pseudo-Achmet's Dream Manual," North American Patristics Society (1997).

"The Life of Timothy of Kakhushta as a Source for the History of Early Abbasid Syria," North American Patristics Society (1996).

"Medieval Islamic Night Life: The Origins and Early Development of the Muslim Tradition of Dream Interpretation," American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul Branch (1996).

"The Sources of Ibn Bahlul's Chapter on Dream Divination," Oxford Patristics Conference (1995).

"Paradise Found: Sri Lanka in Early Islamic Primeval History," Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (1995).

"Ceylon in Eastern Christian and Early Islamic Primeval History," North American Patristics Society (1994).

"The Earliest Reception of the Works of Dionysius in the Christian East," North American Patristics Society (1993).

"The Arabic Life of St. Stephen of Mar Sabas (d. 794): Some Thoughts on a New Edition," North American Patristics Society (1992).

"Orthodox Neo-Martyrs in the Early Islamic Period," 27th International Congress on Medieval Studies (1992).

"A Wild Donkey of a Man, Whose Hand Will Be against Everyone: Eastern Christian Responses to Islam," 26th International Congress on Medieval Studies (1991).

"Nicetas of Byzantium's Refutation of the Quran and Its Place in the History of Eastern Christian Polemics against Islam," Midwest Patristics Society (1991).

"Christian Polemics against Islam: Why Did It Take over One Hundred Years for Them to Come into Being," North American Patristics Society (1989).

"Islamic and Christian Relations in the Middle Ages and Contemporary Nigeria," with Isaac Laudarji, Saint James Society (1989).

Other Professional Experience

Ethics and Tenure Committee, Southern Methodist University (2013-)

Faculty Senate, Southern Methodist University (2013-)

Graduate Council, Southern Methodist University (2009-2012)

Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Steering Committee (2003-2005).

Asian Studies Faculty Committee, Southern Methodist University (1999-2002).

Grants Received

University Research Council Grant, Southern Methodist University, 2000.

University Research Council Grant, Southern Methodist University, 1999.

Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies, Dissertation Research Fellowship for the Social Sciences and Humanities, 1995-1996.

Fulbright-Hays Grant, Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Turkey, 1996.

Duke University, James B. Duke Fellow, 1992-1997.