Dr. Matthew Gordon

Matthew Gordon

Professor of History

Philip R. Shriver Professor of History: Middle East, Islamic and World History


246 Upham Hall
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  • PhD 1993, Columbia University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Drew University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Islamic and Middle East history
  • Pre-modern world history

Courses Recently Taught 

  • HST 197 World History to 1500
  • HST 206 Introduction to Historical Inquiry
  • HST 241 Introduction to Islamic History
  • HST 242 History of the Modern Middle East
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Empire and Ceremony in World History

Selected Publications

  • Ahmad ibn Tulun: Governor of Abbasid Egypt, 868-884. Oneworld (Makers of the Muslim World series), 2021.
  • The Works of Ibn Wādih al-Ya’qūbī: An English Translation, contributor and editor (with Chase F. Robinson, Everett K. Rowson and Michael Fishbein), Brill, 2018.
  • Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History, co-editor (with Kathryn A. Hain) and contributor, Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • "Ahmad ibn Tulun and the Politics of Deference" in Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts: Essays in Honor of Professor Patricia Crone, Behnam Sadeghi, et.al., eds., Brill Publishing, 2015.
  • "Ibn Tulun, al-Qata'i and the Legacy of Samarra" in Hundert Jahre Grabungen in Samarra (Beitrage zur Islamischen Kunst und Archaologie, Bd. 4).  Julia Gonnella, ed.  Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2014
  • "Preliminary Remarks on Slaves and Slave Labor in the Third/Ninth Century Abbasid Empire" in Laura Culbertson, ed., Slaves and Households in the Near East (Oriental Institute Seminars, no. 7).  The University of Chicago:  The Oriental Institute, 2011:  71-84.
  • "Yearning and Disquiet: al-Jahiz and the Risalat al-qiyan" in Arnim Heinemann et.al., eds., Al-Jahiz: A Muslim Humanist for our Time (Beiruter Texte und Studien, 119), Wurzburg: Ergon-Verlag, 2009:  253-268.

Selected Grants and Awards 

President, Middle East Medievalists (2012-2015).

Fellowship, National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina), 2011-2012.  To support year-long research project on slavery and social mobility in the medieval Islamic Near East.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, multi-year Collaborative Research Grant, 2003-2008.  To support the Ya'qubi Translation Project, a collaborative project to produce translation of al Ya'qubi's three extant works.  Served as co-editor and translator of the project.