Dr. Ryan Lynch
Spring Semester, 2018
Tuesday, 12:30PM-1:30 PM (Main Campus) FOB 201
Wednesday, 1:00PM-3:00 PM (Riverpark Campus) YC 327
or by appointment
M.Phil., University of Oxford
M.Litt., University of St Andrews
B.A., Stetson University
Dr. Ryan Lynch is a specialist in early Islamic history, specifically the Islamic conquests and the establishment (and representation) of the first Islamic dynasties.
He is also the Graduate Program Coordinator and chair of the department's graduate committee, and will happily receive any e-mail queries about the program prior to the submission of a formal application.
Dr. Lynch arrived to CSU in Fall 2016, having previously taught for the University of Oxford, Stetson University, and Middlebury College's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His D.Phil. dissertation focused on the career and writings of the early Muslim historian al-Balādhurī, and much of his continued research and teaching interests center on the early Arabic historical tradition and the construction and interpretation of this early historical material.
Lynch teaches introductory classes on World History to 1500 CE and on Historical Methods, as well as seminar classes on the Making of the Islamic World, Late Antiquity, the Crusades, and the Caliphates.
You can read more about Dr. Lynch's research activity on his academia.edu webpage.
Dr. Lynch is currently revising his D.Phil. dissertation into a monograph, focusing on the life and writing of the early Muslim author al-Balādhurī (d. ca. 892 CE). He spent the past two years as the faculty adviser for the History and Geography Club. and now serves as the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations club.
He recently published:
- "Cyprus and Its Legal and Historiographical Significance in Early Islamic History." Journal of the American Oriental Society. Vol. 136, No. 3 (2016): 535-550.
He has also recently contributed to the reference publications The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity (2018) and the upcoming updated and online version of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Medieval Islam . He was also recently commissioned to write the entry on al-Baladhuri in the latest version of Brill's Encyclopaedia of Islam, the defining reference publication in the field of Islamic studies.
He recently gave several conference presentations, including:
- "The People of Ransom: Classifying Cyprus in Late Antique and Early Islamic History." Inclusion and Exclusion in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Dickinson College, 23-24 April 2018.
- "Writing With Purpose: Reuse, Reorganization, and Reshaping Historical Material in the Works of al-Balādhurī." Recycling, Revision, and Relocation in the Middle Ages, Harvard University, 9 February 2018.
- "A Different Kind of Control: The Frontiers of the Caliphate in the Early Islamic Period." Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Meeting , University of Tennessee Knoxville, 7 October 2016.
- "The Reception and Reuse of al-Balādhurī's Kitāb Futūḥ al-Buldān in Medieval Islamic History." Al-Balādhurī: A Guide for the Perplexed Workshop, University of Oxford, 30 April 2016.
- "'Abbāsid Reflections on Sasanian Policy in Arrān and Its Hinterlands." The Eastern Caucasus from Late Antiquity to Early Islam – First Workshop of the Nizami Ganjavi Program, University of Oxford, 6 June 2015.