John P. Turner

Associate Professor of History

Office: Miller Library 255 [ campus map ]
Box 5333

Phone: 207-859-5333
Fax: 207-859-5340
Mailing Address:
5333 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Turner, John P.

Personal Contact Information

Home Address:
8 Heath Street
Waterville, ME 04901

Spouse/Partner: Tammy L. Rabideau

Education

Ph.D. The University of Michigan, 2001
M.A. The University of Michigan, 1996
B.A. Furman University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Islam
  • Premodern Islamic History
  • Modern Middle East History
  • Islamic law (development of Hanbali School)
  • Iran

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
HI183 A History of the Premodern Middle East
HI184 A History of the Modern Middle East
HI285 A Foundations of Islam
HI362 A History of Egypt
HI461 A Research Seminar: The History and Development of Islamic Law

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
HI 381Women and Gender in Islam
HI 388The History of the Crusades

Professional Information

John researches, writes, and teaches about Islamic history. His research focuses on the interaction of political and religious authority. He is keenly interested in understanding groups and group behavior, and particularly the categorization and exclusion of heresy and heretics. His current research is focused on the early development of the Hanbali school of legal thought, used in current day Saudi Arabia. He is also interested in the role of the 8th-10th century Caliph and the Caliphate in the definition of what it means to be a Muslim. In addition to his primary field, as a graduate student he studied modern history with a focus on Syria and Iran, where he also studied Arabic (in Damascus) and Persian (in Tehran). His courses range from surveys of the premodern and modern periods in the middle east to country specific courses, and he covers eras from the foundations of Islam to the current day. John is also Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center where he is responsible for the grants program and the Cotter Debates series.

 


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