Edgar Francis

Edgar Francis

Title: Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Office: CCC 463
Phone: (715) 346-3289
Fax: (715) 346-4489

 

Education

Ph.D., Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A., Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

Specialty

Middle Eastern History and Islamic Studies

Dissertation

"Islamic Symbols and Sufi Rituals for Protection and Healing: Religion and Magic in the Writings of Ahmad ibn Ali al-Buni (d. 622/1225)."

Courses

HIST 101 - World History to 1500
HIST 102 - World History since 1500
HIST 232 - Middle East to 1798
HIST 233 -
Middle East since 1798
HIST 315 - Topics in Global and COmparitive History: Islam in the Modern World
HIST 332 - Women's Issues in the Muslim World
HIST 338 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 339 - Eastern History: Foundations of Islamic Thought
HIST 391 - Islam in the Modern World

Select Publications

  • “Magic and Divination in the Medieval Islamic Middle East.” History Compass. www.history-compass.com. (Undergoing revision.)
  • “Islamic Magic,” in International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online. A Supplement to LexMa-Online. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2005, in Brepolis Medieval Encyclopaedias. www.brepolis.net. Last updated May 25, 2009.
  • Perho, Irmeli. The Prophet’s Medicine: A Creation of the Muslim Traditionalist Scholars. Studia Orientalia 74. Helsinki: The Finnish Oriental Society, 1995. Reviewed for Religious Studies Review 27, no. 2 (April 2001).

Recent Presentations

  • “Shams al-maarif: The Expansion of a Sufi Occult Text after Its Author’s Death.” To be presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., December 2, 2011.
  • “The Historiography of Medieval Middle Eastern Magic.” Presented at the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies. May 13, 2011.
  • Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? Ritual Purity and Purity of Intent in Medieval Islamic Magic.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, November 23, 2009.
  • “The Printed, Popular, and Problematic Manuscripts of a Medieval Muslim Magician: Issues in the Study of Shams al-ma`arif and Other Writings Attributed to al-Buni.” Presented at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 8, 2009.
  • Arabic Letters and their Healing Power: Medical and Magical Eclecticism in a Medieval Corpus.” Presented at the Joint Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature (Midwest Region), American Oriental Society (Middle West Branch), and the American Schools of Oriental Research (Midwest), February 16, 2008.
  • “Qur’anic Symbols and Influence in the Corpus of Ahmad ibn `Ali al-Buni (d. 622 AH/ 1225 CE).” Presented at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12, 2007.
  • “Mapping the Boundaries between Magic and Mysticism: The Names of God in the Writings of Ahmad ibn Ali al-Buni.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, November 8, 2003.
  • “Magic and Mysticism in the Works of Ahmad ibn Ali al-Buni.” Presented at the Modern Language Association annual convention, New York, New York, December 29, 2002.
  • “Magic and Medical Eclecticism in Medieval Islam.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, San Francisco, California, November 19, 2001.
  • “Magical Protection and Healing in the Maghrib and Al-Andalus in the 13th Century.” Presented at the American Institute for Maghrib Studies annual dissertation workshop, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 1, 2000.
  • “Magic in the Early Persian Encyclopedias.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 1998.
  • “Sufism and Alchemy in the Writings of Jabir ibn Hayyan.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, San Francisco, California, November 24, 1997.
  • “The Historiography of the Ridda and the ‘False Prophets.’” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., December 7, 1995.

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Full Research Grant
  • AIMS (American Institute for Maghrib Studies) Small Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • Middle East Medievalists (MEM)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Societas Magica (Link)

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