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Thomas E. Burman



Professor Burman’s scholarly work focuses on the intellectual and religious interactions between Latin Christendom and Arab Islam, especially as these can be seen in the translation and circulation of Arabic works in medieval and Early-Modern Europe.  He  has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations at Washington University in  St. Louis as well as at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and has given invited lectures at many institutions, including Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Dumbarton Oaks, Saint Louis University, Yale University, the Warburg Institute, the Folger Library.  Most recently he was a plenary speaker at the 45th Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. Professor Burman teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Crusades, on Medieval Spain and the Mediterranean, on Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and on medieval and Renaissance intellectual history.  He has directed graduate work in these areas as well. His current and past PhD students have written dissertations on the medieval readers of Albert the Great’s Speculum astronomiae, on the campaign of Las Navas de Tolosa and the history of Crusading, on the problem of Islam and Christian history in the fourteenth century, and on the circulation of early manuscripts of Latin translations of Arabic scientific works.


Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1991 M.S.L.(Licentiate of Mediaeval Studies) Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, 1989 M.A. University of Toronto, 1986

Awards and Recognitions

  • Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship, 1992-1993
  • American Philosophical Society Research Grant, 1995
  • University of Tennessee Faculty Development Grants, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1995
  • UT College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Advising Award, 1997
  • NEH Fellowship, 2002-2003
  • Abdul Aziz al-Mutawa Visiting Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 2002-2003
  • 2007 Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society for his Reading the Qur’an in Latin Christendom (Philadelphia, 2007).
  • NEH Fellowship, 2013-14

Selected Publications

  • Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, c. 1050-1200, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994.
  • Ed. with Mark Meyerson and Leah Shopkow, Religion, Text, and Society in Medieval Spain and Northern Europe:  Essays in Honor of J. N. Hillgarth, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2002.
  • Ed. with Thomas J. Heffernan, Scripture and Pluralism:  Reading the Bible in the Religiously Plural Worlds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Leiden:  E. J. Brill, 2005.
  • Reading the Qur’ân in Latin Christendom, 1140-1560,  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

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