Congratulations to Associate Professor of History, David Bertaina, who was named the 2014 University Scholar at the University of Illinois Springfield.
David Bertaina obtained his doctorate in Semitic Languages and Literatures from The Catholic University of America. He taught at California State University, Chico before coming to the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2007. His areas of interest include the intellectual, social and religious history of the late antique and medieval Middle East. Bertaina is specifically interested in medieval encounters between Muslims and Christians, especially in Arabic and Syriac dialogue literature and the how these texts framed the construction of identity during the Umayyad and Abbasid Empires. In 2011 he published a book project entitled: Christian and Muslim Dialogues: The Religious Uses of a Literary Form in the Early Islamic Middle East . You can find his book information here . Bertaina has taught courses on Christian-Muslim Encounters, Islamic History, Islamic Historiography, Eastern Christianity, Late Antiquity, Early Christian Historiography, Judaism-Christianity-Islam, World Religions, Introduction to Islam, and Historical Methods.