Lev Weitz is an historian of the Islamic Middle East. His scholarly interests lie in the encounters among Muslims, Christians, and Jews that have shaped the Middle East’s history from the coming of Islam to the present, which he engages in his research and in the classroom. His book Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) examines the making of the medieval Islamic Caliphate from the perspective of the Syrian and Iraqi Christians who were among its most numerous subjects, and explores how Middle Eastern bishops’ encounters with Islamic law and empire spurred them to create their own legal traditions that reshaped Christian households and communities. At Catholic University, Dr. Weitz teaches a range of courses on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history from the medieval period to modernity and directs the Islamic World Studies program.
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Between Christ and Caliph
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