Published on January 30, 2020 by Sean Flynt
History professors DeVries and Minnema
The current issue of Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH,) includes a roundtable organized by Samford history professors Annie DeVries and Anthony Minnema.
Teaching Islamic and Middle Eastern History at Christian Colleges and Universities originated with a panel at the 2018 CFH. DeVries and Minnema then gathered the conference papers for publication.
DeVries’ professional interests include global and comparative history, imperialism, modern Egypt, the modern Middle East, and women’s and gender history. She contributed the journal essay How Do You Teach Honor Killings? Sufi Transgressive Piety, Lottie Moon, and the Benefits of Comparative History.
Minnema, a historian of premodern Christian-Muslim relations, contributed What Has Baghdad to Do with Jerusalem and Athens? Situating Classical Islam within the Western Tradition.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.