Professor Thomas E. Burman
Professor Burman is the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Long engaged in interdisciplinary scholarship that blends history, theology, religious studies and literature, his research and teaching focuses on the intellectual and cultural interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean world. Burman's publications include 'Religious Polemic and the Intellectual History of the Mozarabs, c. 1050-1200' (Brill, 1994), 'Reading the Qur'an in Latin Christendom, 1140-1560' (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), and, with Brian Catlos and Mark Meyerson 'The Sea in the Middle: The Mediterranean World 650-1650' (University of California Press, forthcoming). He is currently at work on a book called 'Ramon Martí and the Trinity: Islam, Judaism, and the Scholastic Project' in which he explores thirteenth-century Latin-Christian interactions with Islam and Judaism through the life and works of the greatest medieval Catholic scholar of those religions. Professor Burman is a frequent lecturer at universities and research institutes in North America and Europe and before joining Notre Dame taught history as Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he also served as Riggsby Director of The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies as well as head of the History Department. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilisations at Washington University in St. Louis as well as at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.