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Edgar Francis

BIO

Edgar Francis earned his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies then joined the Department of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point in 2007. Francis is focused on teaching Middle Eastern history. He enjoys seeing students introduced to a wider world in their studies.

PUBLICATIONS

Francis, Edgar. (2011). “Magic and Divination in the Medieval Islamic Middle East.” History Compass. Special Issue: History Around the Compass: Aspects of the Occult. 9: 8, 622–633. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-0542.2011.00781.x

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Middle East Medievalists
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Research Group on Manuscript Evidence (Honorary Associate)
  • Societas Magica, Treasurer (2017-Present)

QUOTE

“I appear to have miscalculated”– Orion agent in “Journey to Babel” (Star Trek the Original Series, season 2, episode 10)

ADVICE

Be wrong! It’s good for you. I do it all the time.

Associate Professor
History Graduate Program coordinator

Office:
CCC 474
Phone:
715-346-2334

Education

Ph.D. - Islamic Studies
University of California-Los Angeles

M.A. - Near Eastern Studies
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

B.A. - Near Eastern Studies
Cornell University

Courses

History of Islam
Islam in the Modern World
Medicine in World History
Middle East Since 1798
Women's Issues in the Muslim World
World History to 1500