Department of History

Nancy Khalek

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History
59 George Street, Room 205
Areas of Expertise Middle Ages - including Late Antiquity
Office Hours By appointment only (in-person or via Zoom). Please email to schedule.


I specialize in the history of religion, mainly in the medieval Islamic Near East and Mediterranean. In addition to my work on Byzantine-Muslim interaction, hagiography and historiography, I am now exploring new methodological questions, particularly in the history of emotions as I research how piety and emotion are represented and cultivated in medieval (Arabic) Islamic tradition literature. I teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, spanning the medieval and contemporary periods. I am the author of Damascus after the Muslim Conquest (Oxford University Press, 2011).