David Commins

David Commins is Professor of History.  He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from the University of Michigan.  He has received Fulbright grants to fund Arabic study at Damascus University (1981-82), to research Islamic modernism in Ottoman Syria (1982-1983), and to study Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia (2001-2002).  He regularly offers courses on Islamic Civilization, modern Middle East history, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Islam, India, and Historical Method.  A specialist in modern Islamic thought, Commins's publications include journal and encyclopaedia articles on the subject as well as Islamic Reform: Politics and Social Change in Late Ottoman Syria and Historical Dictionary of Syria. His latest book is The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia.



Contact Information:

Department of History
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA  17013
Phone: (717) 245-1015
Fax: (717) 245-1479