Dr. David Bertaina

Prof. David Bertaina
Prof. David Bertaina

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: 

Būluṣ ibn Rajāʾ in Fatimid Egypt: How an Egyptian Convert Shaped Western Christian Views of Islam. Leiden: Brill, 2022 (in press).

“The Arabic Version of the Liber Denudationis: How Fatimid Controversies shaped Medieval European Views of Islam.” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 31, no. 4 (2020): 425–443. https://doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2021.1872925

“Trees and Decorations.” In The Oxford Handbook of Christmas, ed. Timothy Larsen, 265–276. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198831464.013.23

“Bodily Resurrection in the Qurʾān and Syriac Anti-Tritheist Debate.” The Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association 3 (2018): 73–107.https://doi.org/10.5913/jiqsa.3.2018.a003