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Department of History & Geography

Department of History & Geography

Ryan Lynch

Assistant Professor

Ryan Lynch


Dr. Ryan Lynch

Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Yancey Center 327
Phone: 706-507-8397

Office Hours

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



D.Phil., University of Oxford
M.Phil., University of Oxford
M.Litt., University of St Andrews
B.A., Stetson University

Specialty Area

Medieval and Classical Islamic History, Early Islamic Conquests, Umayyad and Early 'Abbasid Dynasties, Arabic Historiography, al-Baladhuri


Dr. Ryan Lynch is a specialist of early Islamic history, specifically the Islamic conquests and the establishment (and representation) of the first Islamic dynasties.

He 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 webpage.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Lynch joined the department in Fall 2016 from the University of Oxford, and is a specialist in early Islamic history. He 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 is also the faculty adviser for the History and Geography 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 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.