Michael Bonner
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Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner was a Jewish[1] scholar of Islamic studies. Born in 1952, he died in May 2019.[2] He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton in 1987. He was a professor of Medieval Islamic History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he served as chair of the department of Near Eastern Studies from 2010-2019. In addition to his monographs, he published dozens of scholarly articles and translations.[3]

Major works

  • Islam in the Middle Ages: The Origins and Shaping of Classical Islamic Civilization. With Jacob Lassner. Oxford: Praeger/ABC Clio, 2010.[4]
  • Les Origines du jihâd. Paris: Les Éditions du Téraèdre, 2004.[4]
    • Appeared in English as Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practices. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
    • Translated into Italian as La jihad, Rubbettino, 2008.
  • Islam, Democracy and the State in Algeria: Lessons for the Western Mediterranean and Beyond. Co-edited with Mark Tessler and Megan Reif. A special issue of Journal of North African Studies (2004), and a volume published by Routledge, 2005.[4]
  • "Arab-Byzantine Relations". Vol. 8 of The Formation of the Classical Islamic World, under general editorship of Lawrence I. Conrad. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Variorum, 2004.[4]
  • Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts. Co-edited with Amy Singer and Mine Ener. SUNY Press, 2003.[4]
  • Aristocratic Violence and Holy War: Studies on the Jihad and the Arab-Byzantine Frontier. New Haven: American Oriental Society Monograph Series, 1996.[4]


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