Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Sept. 12 - End of Open Add period

Sept. 19 - End of Permission Number Add Period

Sept. 19 - Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Sept. 27 - Last day to drop class with no W designation

Oct. 1 - May 2018 graduation applications due

Oct. 18 - Last day to drop classes

Oct. 20 - Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Dec. 11 - Last day of classes


Alan Verskin

  • Assistant Professor
  • Washburn Hall, Rm 123


Professor Verskin specializes in pre-modern Islamic history. His main regional areas of interest are medieval Spain, the Maghreb, and Yemen. His research interests include:

  • Islamic law, the intellectual and social interaction between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the pre-modern Middle East
  • women, gender, and family dynamics
  • connections between theological and neo-classical philosophical activity in the medieval Islamic world.


A.M., Ph.D. Princeton University
A.M. University of Chicago



  • Oppressed in the Land? Fatwas on Muslims Living under Non-Muslim Rule from the Middle Ages to the Present. Markus Wiener, 2013.


  • “The Evolution of the Muslim Jurists’ Attitudes to the Mudejar Leadership,” Der Islam: Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East 90 (2013).
  • “The Theology of Jacob Ben El’azar’s Hebrew Version of Ibn al-Muqaffa’s Kalilah wa-Dimnah,” La Revue des Etudes Juives 170 (2011).
  • “Teaching Philosophy to the Multitude: An Introduction to the Educational Theory of Nissim ben Moshe of Marseilles,” in Vixens Disturbing Vineyards: Embarrassment and Embracement of Scriptures, ed. Tzemah Yoreh, Aubrey Glazer and Justin Lewis (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010).
  • “Hayyim b. Yahya Habshush” and “Habshush Family,” in Encyclopedia of the Jews in the Islamic World, ed. Norman Stillman (Leiden: Brill, 2010).
  • “Reading Strauss on Maimonides: A New Approach,” The Journal of Textual Reasoning, 3:1 (June 2004).

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