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                             RICHARD BULLIET Ph.D


             Professor of History at Columbia University

                             Specializes in the History of



                        Islamic Society and Institutions


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Richard Bulliet
Columbia University

Ph.D. – Harvard University 1967
MA – Harvard University 1964
BA – Harvard University 1962

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Interests and Research
Richard Bulliet, professor, specializes in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries, and the history of technology.

Member, Board of Trustees, Columbia University Press
Trustee, ILEX Foundation



Islamo-Christian Civilization
America and the Muslim World
History of Islamic Society
History of North Africa and the Sahara Desert to 1500
Domestic Animals and Human History
Technology and History
History of Iran down to the Safavid Period
History of the Modern Middle East
Religious Conversion
Nobility and Civility
Contemporary Civilization
Literature Humanities
Art Humanities
Music Humanities


Phi Beta Kappa - 1962
NDFL Fellowships (for Arabic and Turkish) - 1962-1965
Honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellowship - 1962
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship - 1965-66
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship - 1965-66
Guggenheim Fellow - 1975-76
Dexter Prize of the Society for the History of Technology for The Camel and the Wheel - 1977
American-Indian Commission Fellowship - 1990

Selected Publications


A Moment in World History: Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran (in press)
Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers
The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization
The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century
The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History
The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East
Under Siege:  Islam and Democracy
Islam: The View from the Edge
Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period:  An Essay in Quantitative
The Camel and the Wheel
The Patricians of Nishapur:  A Study in Medieval Islamic Social History

The Sufi Fiddle
The Gulf Scenario
The Tomb of the Twelfth Imam
Kicked to Death by a Camel

Scholarly Articles
“Iran between East and West,” Journal of International Affairs, 60:2 (2007), 1-14.
“Conversion-based Partronage and Onomastic Evidence,” in Patronate and Patronage in Early and Classical Islam, eds. Monique Bernards and John Nawas, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2005, 246-62.
“Women and the Urban Religious Elite in the Pre-Mongol Period,” Guity Nashat and Lois Beck, eds., Women in Iran from the Rise of Islam to 1800, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003
 “The Crisis of Authority in Islam,” Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2002.
“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
“Twenty Years of Islamic Politics,” the Middle East Journal, 53/2 (Spring 1999), pp. 189-200.
“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.
“Themes, Conjunctures, and Comparisons,” in Heidi Roupp, ed., Teaching World History:  A Resource Book, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997, pp. 94-109.
"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.
"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.
"Of Encyclopedias and the End of a World," Biblion.  The Bulletin of The New York Public Library, 3/1 (Fall 1994), 49-58.
"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


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Richard W. Bulliet

Born October 30, 1940 (1940-10-30) (age 68)
Rockford, Illinois
Occupation author, university professor
Nationality  United States

Richard W. Bulliet is a professor of history at Columbia University who specializes in the history of Islamic society and institutions, the history of technology, and the history of the role of animals in human society.

[edit] Early life and education

Bulliet grew up in Illinois. He attended Harvard, from which he received a B.A. in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1967. He is the grandson of Clarence Joseph ("C.J.") Bulliet, the art critic and journalist.

[edit] Work

Several of his books focus on Iran but deal also with the larger Muslim world, including The Patricians of Nishapur: a Study in Medieval Islamic History (1972), Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History (1979), and Islam: the View from the Edge (1994). His books on a broader view of Islamic history and society include Under Siege: Islam and Democracy (1994) and The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004). His book The Camel and the Wheel (1975) brings together his interest in the histories of technology, animal domestication, and the Middle East, dealing for example with the significant military advantage early Muslim armies gained from a slight improvement in the design of cloth camel saddles. He would return to the history of animal domestication with his Hunters, Herders, and Hamburgers: The Past and Future of Human-Animal Relationships (2005).[1]

He is the writer and editor of books of more general interest as well, including The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century (editor, 1998), The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (co-editor, 1996), and The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History (co-author, 1997). He has also written several novels which draw on his knowledge of international politics and the Middle East, and is a promoter of the validity of comics as an art form.

Bulliet's scholarship is known for innovative use of historical evidence and for radical questioning of the assumed roles that technology, religion, politics and animal domestication play in human society. Like any outspoken scholar of a subject as controversial as the Middle East, Bulliet has drawn fire from various sides in various continuing debates: criticism of his qualified support of the 1979 Iranian Revolution; criticism of his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as overly favoring the Palestinian cause; and the standard anti-Orientalist critique that as an Occidental scholar of Oriental societies, he cannot report on those societies without consigning them to the status of "Other."

Bulliet's current opinion pieces on the Middle East, as well as his latest writings on animal domestication and "post-domesticity," are syndicated by Agence Global.

According to an interview in Columbia magazine's Fall 2007 edition, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger credits Bulliet with the idea for inviting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus on September 24, 2007. The engagement was highly controversial.

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