Mustafa Banister


Assistant Professor

Mustafa Banister

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Office Location: 323F
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Educational Background

PhD, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 2015 

MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, 2006 

BS, History, Eastern Michigan University, 2003 


Dr. Mustafa Banister is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern history at Utah State University. Dr. Banister is a social and cultural historian of late medieval Egypt and Syria (ca. 1000-1500). His research concerns primarily fifteenth-century Arabic historiographical texts written during the “Mamluk” sultanate of Cairo (conventionally, 1250-1517). His first book, The Abbasid Caliphate of Cairo, 1261-1517: Out of the Shadows was published in 2021 by Edinburgh University Press. His current project examines narratives of Islamic kingship and sovereignty in the historical writing of the Syrian scholar Ahmad ibn ‘Arabshah (ca. 1389-1450). Dr. Banister’s ongoing and future projects concern digital approaches to medieval Arabic biographical writing. 

At USU, Dr. Banister offers undergraduate classes including HIST 1500: the Pre-Modern World, as well as surveys of Middle Eastern and Islamic history: Medieval Islam (HIST/RELS 4565) and the Modern Middle East (HIST/RELS 3410); and a graduate course on comparative world history (HIST 6200). In the classroom, Dr. Banister caters to discussion-based learners as well as visual learners through the incorporation of many primary source excerpts along with images of maps, coins, monuments, artifacts, and graphs that contribute to the in-class narratives that we -as students of history- jointly construct about the past.