Samer Traboulsi, Ph.D.

Professor of History
205 Whitesides Hall, CPO 2830
On Leave Spring 2019, Office Hours By Appointment Only


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2005

Teaching and Research Interests

History of the pre-modern Middle East, Arabia, and Ismailism


  • Burhānpūrī, Qutb al-Dīn (d. 1241/1826). Muntaza‘ al-akhbār fī akhbār al-du‘āt al-akhyār (The History of the Ismaili Tayyibi Da‘wa up to the Da’udi-Sulaymani Schism), ed. S. Traboulsi. Beirut: Dār al-Gharb al-Islāmī, 1999.


  • “Lamak ibn Mālik al-Hammādī and Sulayhid-Fatimid Relations,” in Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 30(2000), 221-227.
  • “An Early Refutation of Muhammad b. ‘Abd al-Wahhāb’s Reformist Views,” in Die Welt des Islams 42(2002), 373-415.
  • “The Queen was Actually a Man: Arwa> bint Ah}mad and the Politics of Religion,” in Arabica L(2003), 96-108.
  • “The Ottoman Conquest of Yemen: The Isma’ili Perspective” in The Arab Lands in the Ottoman Era, ed. J. Hathaway (Minnesota, 2009), 41-60.
  • " 'I Entered Mecca... and Destroyed all the Tombs': Some Remarks on Saudi-Ottoman Correspondence", in The Islamic Scholarly Tradition, ed. Asad Ahmed et. al. (Brill, 2011), 197-217.

Favorite History-related Links

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Hist 388: Introduction to Islam
  • Hist373: The Medieval Middle East
  • Hist389: The Modern Middle East
  • Hist373: Food in the Muslim World
  • Hist373: The Crusades
  • Hist373: The Byzantine Empire
  • Hist151: World Civilizations to 1500