Courses by instructor: Fred Astren
Fred Astren, Professor and Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University and member of the Faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies, received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, where he also earned a master’s degree in Arabic. Among Professor Astren’s publications are: Karaite Past and Jewish History (2004); Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction (Editor, with B. H. Hary and J. L. Hayes), Festschrift for William M. Brinner, E.J. Brill (2000); and The Jewish Printed Book in India: Imprints of the Blumenthal Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Judah L. Magnes Museum (1992). His areas of research include minority/sectarian history in the Mediterranean Middle Ages, with special focus on Jewish history under Islam, Islamization, Jewish-Muslim relations, and the Karaite Jewish sect. Having recently published a study on Jews in the early medieval Muslim conquests of the Near East and Spain, he is currently writing a book on Jews in the Mediterranean of the early Middle Ages.