James E. Lindsay



  • Office Hours:

    Monday & Wednesday 2:00-3:00; by appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. History, University of Wisconsin, 1994
  • Concentration:

    • Middle East History
  • Department:

    • 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 on the history and historiography of the Islamic Near East in the middle ages.


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 requires 12 credits, and can be completed on campus or online.


Courses I teach regularly:

HIST 115 The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500

HIST 431 Ancient Israel

HIST 432 Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur'an

HIST 433 Muhammad and the Origins of Islam

HIST 435 Jihad and Reform in Islamic History

HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present

HIST 438 The Modern Middle East


Courses I teach only occasionally:

HIST 492 Capstone Seminar

HIST 532 Reading Seminar: Middle East


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.


Curriculum Vitae

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  • HIST 115 The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500 (Fall 2018; MWF 11:00-11:50; Clark A-207)


    Religion, society, and culture in the Islamic world from late antiquity to 1500.

  • HIST 436 The Land of Israel: Past and Present (Fall 2018; MWF 1:00-1:50; Eddy 8)


    Diverse physical geography, rich material culture, and complex history of the land of Israel: ancient, medieval, and modern.

  • HIST 438 Modern Middle East (Spring 2019; TR 12:30-1:45; Eddy 8)


    Historical developments in the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • HIST 532 Reading Seminar: Middle East (Spring 2019; Tuesday 2:00-4:50; Clark B-374)


    Readings on major historiographical issues in Middle East history.