A History of the Crusades-Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship


“The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages”
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League

Is this a fair depiction of the historical period known as the “Crusades”? Is this a source of current Western bias and antagonism against Muslims and Islam? Please join us as the Lamppost Education Initiative presents this exclusive session with one of the foremost Islamic historians in the world today: Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship

Dr. Blankinship, a Historian and Professor at Temple University, provides a comprehensive review of a controversial topic, whose contentious legacy resonates to this day.
Location: Online Seminar
Cost: $40.00

Details and Instructions:

This session includes two pre-recorded powerpoint presentations that provide a detailed look at the Crusades and its historical impact. These pre-recorded sessions will be made available to registrants on May 7,2017. On May 14th, 2017 we will conduct a live-Q&A Session with Dr. Blankinship where registrants will be able to ask questions on the material covered in the presentation. You will receive an email with complete instructions on how to participate in the live session and the session will be recorded for all registrants of the course. Please be sure to provide a valid and working email account upon registration so you can receive all materials for this seminar. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: thelight@lamppostproductions.com

This seminar will cover the following:

-Background of the Crusades and why they occurred
-Western European ‘Holy Wars’ with a look at Muslim Spain and the Spanish Reconquest
-Holy Wars to expand the Roman Catholic Church and the early beginnings of European colonial expansion
-The Crusades against the Muslims beginning with Christian successful attacks against the Muslims
-The Rise of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi and the recapture of Jerusalem
-The retaking of Jerusalem under Frederick II
-A look at the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Crusades along with other smaller efforts.
-And much more

Bio of Dr. Khalid Yahya Blankinship

Dr. Abdullah Ali provides some personal anecdotes about Dr. Khalid Blankinship

Dr.Khalid_7Dr.Khalid Yahya Blankinship is one of our featured scholars with the Lamppost Education Initiative with numerous articles and videos on the site. He obtained his BA in History in 1973 from the University of Washington, an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 1975 from the American University in Cairo, and an MA in Islamic History in 1983 from Cairo University. His Ph.D. in History is from the University of Washington in 1988. In 1990, Blankinship moved to Philadelphia, where he was appointed in the Department of Religion at Temple University. Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1996, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religion (1998-2002), Departmental Graduate Director (2003-2013), and Chair again from 2013 to the present. He is active in lecturing and research on religion in general and Islam in particular.

Books and Articles:

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.






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