Michael Bonner

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Michael Bonner

Professor of Islamic History

4147 Thayer Academic Building

Office Location(s): 4147 Thayer Bldg.
Phone: 734.647.0093
Fax: 734.936.2679

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Near Eastern Studies
  • About

    The Return of Wealth: A Study of Poverty and the Poor in the Islamic Near East, 600-1100. In preparation.

    Les Origines du jihâd. Paris: Les Éditions du Téraèdre, forthcoming [2004].

    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, and a volume published by Frank Cass (London). Forthcoming [2004].

    Arab-Byzantine Relations. Vol. 8 of The Formation of the Classical Islamic World, under general editorship of Lawrence I. Conrad. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Variorum, forthcoming [2004].

    Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts. Co-edited with Amy Singer and Mine Ener. Forthcoming with SUNY Press, 2003.

    Aristocratic Violence and Holy War: Studies on the Jihad and the Arab-Byzantine Frontier. New Haven: American Oriental Society Monograph Series, 1996.

    "Wealth." Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, forthcoming [2004].

    "Islam and Europe: Long-range Perspectives on Conflict and Exchange." Kalamazoo College Center for Western European Studies Working Paper Series, forthcoming [2004].

    "Poverty in the Qur'an." Forthcoming in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, [2004].

    "Poverty and Charity in the Rise of Islam." Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts (see above under Books), (2003), 13-30.

    Article "M?rtyrer [Martyrs]: VII. Islam." Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, fourth edition (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), (2002), 5:871-872. 

    "The Kitab al-Kasb Attributed to al-Shaybani: Poverty, Surplus and the Circulation of Wealth." Journal of the American Oriental Society 121.3 (2001): 410-27. 

    Article "Byzantines: Historical Context." Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, 1: (2001) 265-266.

    Article "Umar b. al-Khattab." Encyclopaedia of Islam, second edition, 10: (2000) 818-21.

    "Algerian Voices, European Reactions: Examining Conflicts in Discourse, Information and Analysis." Journal of the International Institute 7.1 (September 1999): 16-17. 

    "Definitions of Poverty and the Rise of the Muslim Urban Poor." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society series 3,6,3 (1996): 335-44. 

    "The Naming of the Frontier: `Awasim, Thughur, and the Arab Geographers." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 57.1 (1994): 17-24. 

    "Some Observations Concerning the Early Development of Jihad on the Arab-Byzantine Frontier." Studia Islamica 75 (1992): 5-31. 

    "Ja`c´il and Holy War in Early Islam." Der Islam 68.1 (1991): 45- 64. 

    "The Mint of Harunabad and al-Haruniyya, 168-171 H." American Journal of Numismatics, Second Series 1 (1989): 171-93.

    "Al-Khalfa al-Mardi: The Accession of Harun al-Rashid." Journal of the American Oriental Society 108.1 (1988): 79-91.

    Fanny Colonna, "Que sont mes amis devenus?" To appear as "What Has Become of My Friends?" in Bonner, Reif, and Tessler, eds., Islam, Democracy and the State in Algeria: Lessons for the Western Mediterranean and Beyond (see above, Books). [2004].

    Hippolyte Delehaye, "Passio sanctorum sexaginta martyrum," Analecta Bollandiana 28 (1904): 289-307 [French and Latin]. To appear as "The Death of the Sixty Holy Martyrs," in M. Bonner, ed., Arab-Byzantine Relations. Vol. 8 of The Formation of the Classical Islamic World, (see above under Books). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Variorum, forthcoming [2004].

    Julius Wellhausen, "Die Kämpfe der Araber mit den Römäern in der Zeit der Umaijaden." Nachrichten von der Königlichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Phil.-Hist. Klasse, Heft 4 (1901): 1-34. To appear as "The Arab-Byzantine Wars in the Umayyad Era," in M. Bonner, ed., Arab-Byzantine Relations (see previous), 2004.

    Edmund Beck, "Die dogmatische religiöse Einstellung des Grammatikers Yahya b. Ziyad al-Farra'," Le Muséon 64 (1951): 187-202. Translated as "The Dogmatic Religious Stance of the Grammarian Yahya ibn Ziyad al-Farra'," in A. Rippin, ed., The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation. The Formation of the Classical Islamic World, vol. 25, 137-158, 1999.

    Manfred Götz, "Maturidi und sein Kitab Ta'wilat al-Qur'an," Der Islam 41 (1965): 27-70. Translated as "Maturidi and his Kitab Ta'wilat al-Qur'an," in A. Rippin, ed., The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation (see previous), 181-214, 1999.

    Ján Pauliny, "Einige Bemerkungen zu den Werken Qisas al-Anbiya' in der arabischen Literatur," Graecolatina et Orientalia 1 (Bratislava, 1969): 111-123. Translated as "Some Remarks on the Qisas al-Anabiya' Works in Arabic Literature," in A. Rippin, ed., The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation (see previous), 313-326, 1999.

    Heinz Halm, Das Reich des Mahdi. Der Aufstieg der Fatimiden (Munich: C.H. Beck, 1991). Translated as The Empire of the Mahdi: The Rise of the Fatimids. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1996.

    Albrecht Noth, Quellenkritische Studien zu Themen, Formen und Tendenzen fr?hislamischer Geschichts?berlieferung (Bonn: Selbst verlag der Universit?t, 1973). Translated for revised edition, in collaboration with L. Conrad, entitled The Early Arabic Historical Tradition: A Source-Critical Study. Princeton: Darwin Press, 1994.

  • Education
    • 1987 Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
  • Language(s) and Proficiency Level(s):
    • Arabic: fluent
    • French: fluent
    • Italian: fluent
    • German: fluent
    • Greek: reading knowledge
    • Latin: reading knowledge
    • Persian: reading knowledge
    • Russian: reading knowledge
    • Hebrew: basic knowledge