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.


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 AHistory of the Premodern Middle East
HI184 AHistory of the Modern Middle East
HI381 AWomen and Gender in Islam

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
HI 183The History of the Premodern Middle East
HI 362The History of Egypt
HI 381Women and Gender in Islam
HI 388The History of the Crusades

Professional Information

Associate Professor of History John Turner holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the interaction of political and religious authority in premodern Islamic history. He is particularly interested in the categorization and exclusion of heresy and heretics. His book, Inquisition in Early Islam (London, 2013), seeks to explain 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.


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