Michael Bishku

PhD, New York University; MA, BA, University of Florida

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Dr. Bishku has published numerous articles on modern Middle Eastern diplomatic history and politics, especially regarding Turkey, Israel, and the Caucasus in such journals as Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Policy (formerly known as American-Arab Affairs), Mediterranean Quarterly, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Maghreb Review, Studies in Contemporary Islam, Israel Affairs, Studies in Zionism, International History Review, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of Newspaper and Periodical History, Conflict Quarterly, and Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies. Also, he has been a contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), The Islamic World: Past and Present (Oxford University Press, 2004), Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008), Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009), Islamic Attitudes to Israel (Routledge, 2008), and The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism (Mazda Publishers, 2007).

Dr. Bishku is the former president of both the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (2005-2006) and the Association of Third World Studies (1995-1996) and was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Morocco and Tunisia. He taught Modern Middle Eastern History at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2004.

Dr. Bishku is currently on the Advisory Board of Oxford Bibliographies Online for Islamic Studies and is working on a book Crossroads of the Caucasus: A Modern History of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 2111: United States to 1877
  • HIST 2112: United States since 1877
  • HIST 3012: World History Seminar
  • HIST 3111: History and Culture of Africa
  • HIST 3391: Colonialism and Nationalism in the British Empire
  • HIST 3811: Topics in the Islamic World
  • HIST 4211: The Middle East, 622-1914
  • HIST 4221: The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 4231: History of Modern Israel

Select Publications:

  • "Is It an Arab Spring or Business as Usual?: Recent Changes in the Arab World in Historical Context," Journal of Third World Studies 30:1 (Spring 2013)
  • "Albania and the Middle East," Mediterranean Quarterly 24:2 (Spring 2013)
  • "The Kurdish Spring and the Changing Geopolitics of the Middle East" in Mohammed M.A. Ahmed and Michael Gunter, eds. The Kurdish Spring (Mazda, 2013)
  • "The Relations of the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with Israel," Middle Eastern Studies 48:6 (November 2012)

Website:  http://augusta.academia.edu/MichaelBishku