About Me

BlankinshipWelcome! I’m a Middle East expert, and my mission is to bring classical Islamic civilization to a wider public through scholarship, teaching, journalism, translation, events, publicity and promotion.

As a professor at Brigham Young University, I study and teach Arabic and Islamic Studies. Currently I am writing a book about the blind 11th-century freethinker al-Ma`arri and Islamic animal ethics. My work has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Danish Independent Research Fund (DFF), the University of Southern Denmark, and the University of Utah.

I also write for the mainstream press. I am a contributing editor for New Lines Magazine and my work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Review of BooksForeign Policy, and more. I tweet as @AmericanMaghreb.