Paul M. Cobb, currently the Graduate Group Chair, is a social and cultural historian of the pre-modern Islamic world. His areas of interest include the history of memory, historiography, Islamic relations with the West, and travel and exploration. He is, in particular, a recognized authority on the history of the medieval Levant and of the Crusades in their Islamic context. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including  White Banners: Contention in ‘Abbasid Syria, 750-880 (SUNY Press, 2001); Usama ibn Munqidh: Warrior-Poet of the Age of Crusades  (Oneworld, 2005); and The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades, a translation of the “memoirs” and other works of Usama ibn Munqidh (Penguin Classics, 2008). He is also the co-editor (with Wout van Bekkum) of Strategies of Medieval Communal Identity: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Peeters, 2003) and (with Antoine Borrut) of Umayyad Legacies: History and Memory from Syria to Spain (E. J. Brill, 2010). His next book, The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades, is forthcoming from Oxford in 2013. 

He is currently the Vice-President of Middle East Medievalists and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin d’Etudes Orientales and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Schoenberg Insitute for Manuscript Studies.. He has received fellowships from, among others, the NEH, Fulbright, and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

ARAB 733: Arabic Texts in Islamic History

NELC 102: Intro to the Middle East

NELC 134: Getting Crusaded

NELC 234: The Mongol Experience

NELC 337: Age of Caliphs, 600-1100

NELC 338: Age of Sultans 1100-1500