| Richard W. Bulliet

Richard W. Bulliet


Professor of History, Middle East Institute


Columbia University


Richard Bulliet is Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University where he also directed the Middle East Institute of the School of International and Public Affairs for twelve years. Born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1940, he came to Columbia in 1976 after undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard and eight years as a faculty member at Harvard and Berkeley. He is a specialist on Iran, the social history of the Islamic Middle East, and the 20th century resurgence of Islam.

Selected Publications


The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization
, Columbia University Press, 2004.

The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century, editor, New York: Columbia University Press, 1998 (translations into Chinese, Croatian, and Polish).

The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History, co-author, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997; third edition 2004.

The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, co-editor, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1996.

Under Siege: Islam and Democracy, editor, The Middle East Institute, Columbia University, Occasional Papers 1, 1994.

Islam: The View from the Edge
, Columbia University Press, 1993.

Crisis in the Middle East, supplementary high school current events book, Grolier, Inc., 1992.

Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History, Harvard University Press, 1979 (Persian translation, Tehran: Nashr-e Tarikh-e Iran, 1987).

The Camel and the Wheel, Harvard University Press, 1975; Morninside Edition with new preface, Columbia University Press, 1990.

The Patricians of Nishapur: A Study in Medieval Islamic Social History, Harvard University Press, 1972.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Pottery Styles and Social Status in Medieval Khurasan," and "Annales and Archaeology," in A. Bernard Knapp, ed., Archaeology, Annales, and Ethnohistory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 75-82, 131-134.

"Determinism and Pre-Industrial Technology," in Merritt Roe Smith and Leo Marx, Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994, 201-215.

"Orientalism and Medieval Islamic Studies," in John Van Engen, ed., The Past and Future of Medieval Studies, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1994.

"The Individual in Islamic Society," in Irene Bloom et. al, eds., Religious Diversity and Human Rights, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996, pp. 175-191.

“Of Encyclopedias and the End of a World," Biblion. The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 3/1 (Fall 1994), 49-58.

"Islamic World to 1500," in Mary Beth Norton and Pamela Gerardi, eds., The American Historical Association's Guide to Historical Literature, 3d ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 1995, vol. 1, pp. 498-526.

“Themes, Conjunctures, and Comparisons,” in Heidi Roupp, ed., Teaching World History: A Resource Book, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997, pp. 94-109.

“Day After Tomorrow: The Future of Islamic Movements,” Harvard International Review XIX/2 (Spring 1997), pp. 34-37, 66-67.

“Twenty Years of Islamic Politics," The Middle East Journal, 53/2 (Spring 1999), pp. 189-200.

“Economic Systems and Technologies” and “Communication and Transport” in M. E. Bakhit, et al. Eds., History of Humanity: Scientific and Cultural Development. Volume IV, From the Seventh to the Sixteenth Century, Paris and London: UNESCO and Routledge, 2000, 71-83, 84-95.

"The Crisis of Authority in Islam,” Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2002.


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