Paul M. LOVE, Jr.

I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee in the United States. I did my undergraduate training at Western Kentucky University before spending a few years traveling and studying Arabic. My graduate research at the University of Michigan centered on Ibadi Muslim communities in medieval and early-modern northern Africa, a topic on which I have continued to work up to the present. I came to AUI in the fall 2016, accompanied by my wife Sarah, my daughter Sophia, and my cat Hannibal.

Research Interests

Northern African (Maghribi/Saharan) History; Islamic Studies; Arabic Studies; Book and Print history; Manuscript Studies; Intellectual Networks; Colonial Knowledge Production.

I am currently finishing a book entitled A Written Network: Manuscripts, Mobilization, and the Making of an Ibadi Tradition in Northern Africa, which examines the construction and maintenance of the Ibadi Muslim communities of northern Africa through the lens of prosopographical texts written from the 11th-16th centuries (siyar). Alongside several brief catalogs of Arabic manuscripts from collections in Europe and northern Africa, I have begun work on a new book-length project that explores the history of an Ibadi trade agency, school, and library in early-modern Cairo called the “Buffalo Agency” (Wikālat al-jāmūs).


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Courses Taught

HIS1301 History of the Arabs

HUM2302 Introduction to the Study of Islamic Cultures

HIS3301 History of the 20th Century

HIS3311 History of Algeria

HIS5312 History of Algeria (Graduate Seminar)

Topics for Supervision

I would be delighted to supervise projects dealing with the history and culture of pre-modern northern Africa or western Asia, as well as all topics related to both the history and contemporary lived experience and practice of Islam across the globe. If prospective or current students would like suggestions for topics, they should feel free to send me an e-mail or stop by my office. Likewise, students interested in developing a project that intersects with my own research are welcome to contact me about potential collaboration.