Michael Bonner

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Michael Bonner

Professor of Islamic History
Department Chair, Near Eastern Studies

202 South Thayer Street, Suite 4147, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 4147 STB
Phone: 734.647.0093
Fax: 734.936.2679

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Department of Near Eastern Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Poverty and charity in the Islamic Middle East (600-1100)
    • Arabia at the rise of Islam
    • Redistributive practices in Arabia
    • GIS mapping of pre- and early Islamic Arabia
  • About

    Professor Bonner is on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 academic year.


    Michael Bonner is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan, and has been Chair of the Department since 2010. He received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, in 1987. His publications include Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practices (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2007), and Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts, co-edited with Amy Singer and Mine Ener (SUNY Press, 2003). He has been a Helmut S. Stern Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, and Professeur Invité at the Institut d’Etudes de l’Islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, as well as Chaire de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, also in Paris. He was Director of the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies in 1997-2000 and 2001-2003, and Acting Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies in 2007-08.

  • Education
    • 1987 Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University