Department of History

John Livingston

Office: Atrium 200
Phone: (973) 720-3045
Office Hours:

Department: History

Area Specialization
Middle East, Islamic History


PhD, History--Princeton University, 1968

BS--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964

Select Publications


Egypt, Europe and the Ottoman Empire in the 18th Century: The Dawn of Western Imperialism in the Middle East, accepted for publication by Harvard University Press

Islamic Civilization and the Scientific Venture, submitted for publication to the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Shaykhs Jabarti and Attar: A Study of Science and Islam in Nineteenth Century Egypt,” Der Islam, Spring, 1997, vol. 74.

“Shaykhs Rifa?a al-Tahtawi and the Islamic Response to Western Science,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol 28, 1996

“Shaykh Muhammad „Abduh and the Legitimation of Western Science.” Muslim World, vol 85, no. 3-4, October, 1995

“Bonaparte and Shaykh Bakri,” Studia Islamica, vol 80, 1994

“Science and the Occult in the Thinking of ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol 112, 1992: 598-610.

“On the Difference Between the Soul and the Spirit: Translation and Analysis of Qusta ibn Luqa?s Psycho-Physiological Treatise and its Place in Islamic Thought,” Scripta Mediterranea (Society of Mediterranean Studies, University of Toronto), vol. 11 September, 1982.

“Ali Bey al-Kabir and the Re-opening of the Red Sea Trade Route in the Eighteenth Century,” Acts of the Twenty-Ninth Orientalists’ Congress, Sorbornne, Paris, 1974.

“Evliyya Celebi on Surgical Operations in Vienna,” Al-Abhath: Studies in Arabic and Islamic Culture. The American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1973.

“Nasir al-Din al-Tusi?s al-Tadhkirah: A Category of Islamic Astronomical Literature,” Centaurus. Copenhagen, 1972.

"The Makhula: An Islamic Conical Sundial,” Centaurus International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science and Technology. Copenhagen, 1972.

“Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah: A Fourteenth Century Refutation of Occult Science in Islam.” Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 91, January/March, 1971.

“Ali Bey al-Kabir of Egypt and the Jews.” Middle Eastern Studies, London, 1972.

“The Rise of Shaykh al-Balad „Ali Bey al-Kabir: A Study in Accuracy of the Chronicle of al-Jabarti,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. University of London, vol. XXXIII, Part 2, 1972.