Samer Traboulsi, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Contact Information

  • 251-6298
  • 205 Whitesides Hall


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