Assistant Professor of History
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Anthony Minnema is a historian of Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages. He comes to Samford from Valparaiso University, where he was a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Tennessee in 2013. He teaches premodern European and Middle Eastern history and has offered courses on the crusades and the foundations of Islamic civilization as well as classes on world history. His research focuses on conflict and coexistence between different faiths in the premodern period. He has written on the translation of Arabic works of philosophy and religion into Latin and their readership at European universities and other centers of learning. He is also interested in the experience of Muslims living under and near Christian kingdoms in medieval Spain, as well as attempts by Spanish Muslims to create independent states on the Iberian Peninsula in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Anthony enjoys gardening and cooking. His wife, Linnea, also works at Samford as the Academic Grants Officer.