College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Religious Studies > Faculty > Khaled Keshk

Khaled Keshk

Khaled Keshk is a scholar of early Islamic history. His book entitled, The Historians' Mu'awiya: The Depiction of Mu'awiya in the Early Islamic Sources (VDM, 2008)dealt with the historiography of one of the early rulers of the Islamic Empire; Mu’awiya ibn Abi Sufyan.  The book examines how the paradigms used by early historians shaped the construction of Mu’awiya in their narratives. He has also published several articles which deal with the question of the early sources and the depiction of certain personalities and the community in these sources. These articles include “The Historiography of an Execution: The Killing of Hujr b. ‘Adi” in the Journal of Islamic Studies (2007), “How to Frame History” in Arabica (2009), and “When did Mu’awiya Become Caliph?” in Journal of Near Eastern Studies (2010). Dr. Keshk’s current research interests are still in the area of historiography. In addition to a continuing interest in the historiography of early Islam, Dr. Keshk has also developed an interest in the historical imagination of modern Islamist movements.

Research Interests
- Early Islamic Historiography
- Hagiography
- Jewish Muslim Relations (622-1200 A.D.)

Courses Frequently Taught
 REL 116  Introduction to Islam
 REL 265  Islamist Political Movements​
​​ REL 295  Shi'ite Islam