Paul M. Cobb
Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Paul M. Cobb, Professor and Chair of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Cobb studies the historical connections between the Islamic world and the West, particularly during the Middle Ages. Specific areas of his expertise include Islamic interactions with Europe, travel and exploration in premodern Eurasia, historiography and biography, and Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations. He is a recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Cobb’s books include White Banners: Contention in ‘Abbasid Syria, 750-880; a translation of Usama ibn Munqidh’s The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades; and The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades.