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Professor Elton L. Daniel
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of History


Elton L. Daniel was born July 5, 1948 in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He is married and has three children, and he currently resides in Kailua, Hawaii. Professor Daniel graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 with A.B. degrees in English and History. While attending UNC, he became fascinated with Islamic and Middle Eastern history thanks to the inspired teaching of Professor Herbert L. Bodman and decided to pursue graduate studies in that field. He attended New York University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Ph. D. in Middle Eastern history in 1978 under the supervision of Professor Hafez Farman-Farmayan. He has conducted research in Iran, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, France and the United Kingdom and has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East. In addition to his current position as Professor of History at the University of Hawaii (Manoa), he has taught at the University of Texas, the American Community School in Tehran, and the University of Chicago. He was recently a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (St. Cross College, Oxford) and Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica at Columbia University in New York.

Courses: Professor Daniel currently teaches History 151 (World Civilizations to 1500), History 354 (Introduction to Islam) and History 355 (Modern Middle East) on a regular basis at the University of Hawaii. Less frequently he offers History 602 (Historiography), History 662 (Islamic Civilization), and History 685 (The Modern Middle East). If you have questions about any of these courses, please address email to edaniel@hawaii.edu.

Major Publications: Professor Daniel is author of The Political and Social History of Khurasan under Abbasid Rule, 747-820 A.D. (Minneapolis & Chicago, 1979; translated into Persian by M. Rajabnia, Tehran, 1989); A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca (Austin, 1990); and al-Ghazzali's Alchemy of Happiness (New York, 1991). He has also published more than 30 articles and 20 book reviews.


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