Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship is a tenured associate professor of religion at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). He is American historian who specializes in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The professor holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington, an MA in Islamic History from Cairo University, and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo. He has widely travelled in the Middle East, including eleven in Egypt and one year in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He is author of End of the Jihad State (Suny Series), The History of Al-Tabari: The End of Expansion (Suny Series), and has written an introduction to Attributes of God (Amalpress).
The End of the Jihad State: The Reign of Hisham ibn ‘Abd al-Malik (724-743 CE) and the Collapse of the Umayyads, Albany: SUNY Press, 1994.
The History of al-Tabari, Vol. XI, The Challenge to the Empires: A.D. 633-635/A.H. 12-13, a translation including introduction, commentary, and notes. Albany: SUNY Press, 1993.
The History of al-Tabari, Vol. XXV, The End of Expansion: The Caliphate of Hisham A.D. 724- 738/A.H. 105-120, a translation including introduction, commentary, and notes, Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.
“Politics, Law, and the Military.” In World Eras, Vol. 2, Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500, ed. by Susan L. Douglass. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc., for Manly, Inc., 2002, pp. 195-240.
“The Arts.” Co-authored with Manar Darwish. In World Eras, Vol. 2, Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500, ed. by Susan L. Douglass. Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc., for Manly, Inc., 2002, pp. 81-136.
“Imarah, Khilfah, and Imamah: The Origins of the Succession to the Prophet Muhammad.” In Shiite Heritage: Essays on Classical and Modern Traditions. Ed. by L. Clarke. Binghamton: Global Publications, 2001, pp. 19-43.
“Islam and World History: Towards a New Periodization,” The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, 8 (1991), 423-452. Translated into Arabic and republished as “al-Islam wa-al-ta’rikh al-’Ãlami: nahw taqsim jadid li-al-’usur al-ta’rikhiyyah,” in Islamiyyat al- ma’rifah, 1 (1416/1995), No. 1, 95-132.
“The Tribal Factor in the Abbasid Revolution: an Analysis of the Betrayal of the Imam Ibrahim b. Muhammad,”Journal of the American Oriental Society, 108 (1988), 589-603.