Paul M. Cobb

Graduate Chair; Professor



B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1989); M.A., University of Chicago (1991); Ph.D., University of Chicago (1997)


Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syriac, French, German, Latin

Research Interests:

Medieval Islamic social and cultural history; Medieval Arabic literature; The Crusades; The Il-Khanate

Overseas Research Experience:

Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, France, Netherlands, Spain, UK

Representative Awards and Distinctions:

NEH, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships among others.

Recent Publications:
  • Umayyad Legacies: Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010), a collections of papers on Islam's first dynasty from an international, interdisciplinary conference he organized in Damascus in 2006. To purchase a copy, click here.
  • “The Islamic Empire in Syria, 705-763,” ch. 7 in C. F. Robinson, ed., The New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
  • The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades, a translation of the "memoirs" of the medieval warrior-poet Usama ibn Munqidh
  • "Infidel Dogs: Hunting Crusaders with Usama ibn Munqidh." Crusades 6 (2007): 57-68
  • Strategies of Medieval Communal Identity: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (co-edited with Wout van Bekkum; Leuven: Peeters, 2004).

Introduction to the Middle East (NELC 102)

Getting Crusaded (NELC 134)

The Mongol Experience (NELC 234)

Arabic Texts and Islamic History (NELC 7xx)