Dr. David Bertaina

Prof. David Bertaina
Prof. David Bertaina

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: 

“An Arabic Christian Perspective on Monotheism in the Qurʾān: Elias of Nisibis’ Kitāb al-Majālis.” In Heirs to the Apostles: The Story of Arabic Christianity, ed. David Bertaina, Sandra Keating, Mark Swanson, and Alexander Treiger, forthcoming. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

“The Qurʾān 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, forthcoming. London: Routledge, 2018.

“Būluṣ ibn Rajāʾ on the Qurʾān: Coptic Agency in Fatimid Cairo.” In Arab Christians and the Qurʾan from the Origins of Islam to the Medieval Period, ed. Mark Beaumont, The History of Christian-Muslim Relations, vol. 35, forthcoming. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

“Christians and the Qurʾān.” In Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations, ed. David Thomas, 279-287. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“Early Muslim attitudes towards the Bible.” In Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations, ed. David Thomas, 98-106. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“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.