Nassima Neggaz

Assistant Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs - Religion

Nassima Neggaz
  • Phone: (941) 894-4350
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  • Office Location: ACE 321
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

Ph. D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
M.A. in Arab Studies (Politics), Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
M.A. in Political Science, Sciences Po Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris): major in State Administration (Economics, Public Law, European Union, Modern European History, Foreign Languages)

Research Interests:

  • Islamic History and Historiography (13th to 16th century)
  • Medieval Baghdad (urban landscape, micro history, neighborhoods)
  • Identity Construction and Historical Narratives
  • Heresy and Orthodoxy (Mongol, Mamluk periods)
  • Sunni-Shi’i Relations in the Medieval Period, Sectarianism in the Modern Period
  • Contemporary Iraq and Syria
  • Islamic Movements of the Early, Middle, and Modern Periods

Current Projects:
My main project is a book on the fall of Baghdad in 1258 (with Cambridge University Press). I am also working on 3 articles on the following topics: the development of a Shi’i neighborhood in early Abbasid Baghdad; historical narratives around the death of the last Abbasid Caliph; changing religious rituals and violence in post 2003 Iraq. I have also accepted to contribute two book chapters in edited volumes (a chapter on revolts in the medieval Middle East; and a chapter on Abu al-Fida’ as a historian of the Crusades). Other smaller projects include encyclopedia articles for the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam (Brill).

Courses Taught:

 At New College Florida:

  • Introduction to Islam (undergraduate lecture/seminar)
  • The Qur’an (undergraduate lecture/seminar)
  • Islamic Movements: Militancy Through the Ages (seminar)
  • Islamic History 570-1500 (seminar)
  • Islam in Western Media: A Deconstruction (undergraduate lecture/seminar)
  • Illness, Healing, and Medicine in Islam (seminar)
  • Empire, Power, and Culture: The Mongols in the Islamic lands (seminar)

At Cardiff University:

  • The Origins and Legacies of Religions: The Sunni-Shi’a Conflict (large undergraduate lecture)
  • Themes and Issues in the Study of Religion: Islamic Militancy (large undergraduate lecture)
  • Islamic Studies: Methodology Seminar (undergraduate)

At Oxford University, Faculty of Oriental Studies:

  • Islamic History, 570-1500 (lecture, 1st year, 3rd year and M.Phil)
  • Topics in Islamic History, 570-1500 (graduate seminar)
  • Arabic Historical Texts, 570-1500 (undergraduate Arabic seminar: translation and interpretation of Arabic medieval texts)

At American University, Washington DC:

  • Arab Societies: Sociology of the Arab World (large undergraduate lecture/seminar)

Recent Publications:

Public Speaking: