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Allen Fromherz

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, 2006
phone: 404-413-6366

Dr. Allen Fromherz's research focuses on Mediterranean and the Gulf. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris)and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) examine rapid change in lineage-based societies, especially the ride of the Almohads in the 12th Century. Originating in the Atlas Mountains, the Almohads rose rapidly to control much of the Western Mediterranean. His work on the life and writings of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis (d. 1406), a great historian who studied reasons for the rise of the Almohads, inspired Dr. Fromherz's recent interest in the countries of the Gulf. Examining questions of change, modernization, identity and culture, his latest book Qatar, A Modern History (Georgetown, 2013) looks beneath the surface of oil and gas wealth and examines the importance of memory, lineage and loyalty in Qatari and Gulf society from the 19th century to the present.

Dr. Fromherz is currently the Vice President of the American Institute for Maghreb Studies. He is also the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Royal Historical Society ORS for his PhD at St. Andrews, The Gerda Henkel Stiftung Fellowship, and, most recently, the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Fellowship in Oman. In addition to invited lectures at Berkeley, Exeter University, Northwestern University Qatar, Erlangen University, and presentations at several important conferences and venues, Dr. Fromherz engages the international media. He appeared on France 5 TV, National Public Radio, Australian National Radio and BBC Radio 4. Dr. Fromherz is passionate about teaching and has created new courses including an Honors section for World History to 1500 and course materials for classes on North Africa, and the Medieval Mediterranean.