University of Rhode Island
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship

Research Topic

The Judeo-Arabic Newspapers of the Maghrib


Alan Verskin is an associate professor at the University of Rhode Island, where he studies Islamic law, the intellectual and social interaction between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the pre-modern Middle East, women, gender, and family dynamics, and connections between theological and neoclassical philosophical activity in the medieval Islamic world.

Verskin received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He has since held postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and Macalester College.

Selected publications

  • A Vision of Yemen: The Travels of a European Orientalist and His Native Guide (Stanford University Press, forthcoming)
  • Islamic Law and the Crisis of the Reconquista: The Debate on the Status of Muslim Communities in Christendom (Brill, 2015)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.