Dr. David Bertaina

Dr. David Bertaina St. Nicholas History of Christmas
Dr. David Bertaina dressed up as St. Nicholas for his History of Christmas class

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Semitic Languages and Literatures
Catholic University of America (2007)

Email: dbert3@uis.edu
Phone: (217) 206-8412
Office: UHB 3059

Teaching Concentration: Late Antiquity, Qur’an to Crusade, Christian-Muslim Encounters, Islamic Civilization, Eastern Christianity, Early Christianity, Judaism-Christianity-Islam, World Religions, and Historical Methods.

Research Interests:

David Bertaina studies the intellectual, social and religious history of the late antique and medieval Middle East. Bertaina is specifically interested in medieval encounters between Muslims and Christians. He is also interested in the rise of the Christmas festival and its historical development.

Recent Publications: 

“The Qur’an as Question-and-Answer Literature: A Witness to Late Antique Disputations,” in Patterns of Argumentation and Exchange of Ideas in Late Antique and Early Islam, ed. Yannis Papadogiannakis and Barbara Roggema (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Eastern Christians and Muslims in Syria,” in Eastern Christian Encounters with Islam, ed. Adam DeVille (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

“Būluṣ ibn Rajāʾ on the Qur’an: Coptic Agency in Fatimid Cairo,” in The Qur’ān in Arab Christianity, ed. David Thomas (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).

“Monks and Muslims in Dialogue,” in Monastic Tradition in Eastern Christianity and the Outside World: A Call to Dialogue, ed. Ines Murzaku (Leuven: Peeters, 2013), 211-238.