Faculty

Dr. Sean Foley

Associate Professor

Dr. Sean Foley
615-904-8294
Room 262, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Georgetown University (2005)
  • M.A., Georgetown University (2000)
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1996)

Areas of Expertise

Middle East and Islamic History
Muslim Social Movements
Persian Gulf
Southeast Asia
The Arab-Israeli Dispute
World History

Biography

Dr. Foley specializes in Middle East history and the political and religious trends in Southeast Asia the wider Islamic World. He frequently travels to Asia and the Middle East, follows events in both regions closely, and speaks Arabic and Bahasa Malaysian. He has published widely, delivered public presentations to audiences around the world, and held Fulbright fellowships in three countries: Syria, Turkey, and Malaysia. His first book, The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam, was published i...

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Dr. Foley specializes in Middle East history and the political and religious trends in Southeast Asia the wider Islamic World. He frequently travels to Asia and the Middle East, follows events in both regions closely, and speaks Arabic and Bahasa Malaysian. He has published widely, delivered public presentations to audiences around the world, and held Fulbright fellowships in three countries: Syria, Turkey, and Malaysia. His first book, The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam, was published in 2010 by Lynne Rienner Press and has received strong reviews. He has appeared as an expert on Voice of America Television and al-Jazeera television and contributed opinion pieces to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Straits Times (Malaysia), Daily Zaman (Turkey), and The Tennessean (Nashville, TN).

Selected Publications
“When a Colonial American Minister Put His Faith in the Power of Islam: Muslim Medicine, Reason, and Public Health in the Modern World,” Journal of History Studies 6, No. 3 (April 2014): 147-161.

“When Collision Emerges As Unexpected Harmony: Saudi Responses to the Arab Spring,” Contemporary Review of Middle East 1, No. 1 (March 2014): 53-74.

“When Life Imitates Art: The Arab Spring, the Middle East, and the Modern World,” Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 12, No. 3, (Fall 2013): 32-46.

“Saudi Arabia, the Soviet Union, and Modern Islam,” Islam and Civilisational Renewal, Volume 4, No. 1, January 2013: 45-61.

“Re-Orientalizing the Gulf: The GCC and Southeast Asia,” Middle East Policy, Volume 19, No. 4, Winter 2012: 77-87.

The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Press, 2010).

Selected Awards
Fulbright Fellowship, Malaysia, September 2010-December 2011: The fellowship funded travel in Asia and research on the influence of Islamic Modernism on Southeast Asia between 1875 and the present.

Smith Richardson Foundation Junior Faculty Research Grant, 2007-2010: Grant funded the research and writing for the monograph The Arab Gulf States: Beyond Oil and Islam.

Works in Progress
What's Past is Prologue: How Dialogue, Obligations and Reciprocity Frame Saudi Arabia's Success in the Contemporary World.

Undergraduate Courses Taught
History 1120, Survey World Civilization II
History 3080, Topics in Modern Middle East History
History 3010, The Historian’s Craft
History 4440, The Middle East
Middle East 2100, Introduction to Middle East Studies

Graduate Courses Taught
History 5440, Middle East History
History 6304, Middle East Historiography

Video Clip
"Post Election Violence in Egypt," al-Jazeera English Television, May 29, 2012.

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Mailing Address
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 23
1301 E. Main Street 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office
Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Kevin Leonard

Undergraduate Program
(615) 898-2631

Graduate Program
(615) 898-5798

All Other Inquiries
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