Dr. Andrew Kurt
Assistant Professor, History
Department of Humanities
Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
Andrew Kurt received his Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in medieval Spain. He has taught courses in Medieval European history, Islamic history, Middle East regional studies, and Christian-Muslim Relations. A revised and expanded version of his dissertation is forthcoming under the title Minting, State and Economy in the Visigothic Kingdom: From Settlement in Aquitaine through the First Decade of the Muslim Conquest of Spain. A related article is his Festschrift contribution "The Places and Purposes of Minting in the Earliest Medieval Kingdoms," in Brian Catlos, ed., A World of Economics and History: Essays in Honor of Professor Andrew M. Watson (Publicacions de la Universitat de Valencia, 2009), 33-54. He has spoken and written on interconfessional relations in Iberia and the Horn of Africa during the Middle Ages and has a forthcoming article on popular piety in early medieval Iberia as evidenced primarily in liturgical and paraliturgical sources.
Dr. Kurt's study of Prester John as an African ruler appeared as "The Search for Prester John, a Projected Crusade, and the Eroding Prestige of Ethiopian Kings - c. 1200 to c. 1540," Journal of Medieval History 39.2 (June 2013), 1-24. He is currently continuing his research on the many contacts between European and Ethiopian rulers in the 14th to 16th centuries aimed primarily at a Crusade against Muslim states in the Red Sea region. A Mini-grant from Clayton State University allowed him to examine archival materials in Venice in June of 2014, the subject of a paper he presented to the Georgia Medievalists Group in February, 2015. He hopes his examination of Muslim sources and Christian sources (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Ethiopian) will help him to create a full narrative of the multi-faceted relations between peoples of different continents at a time of continuing discovery, a story which intersects with the centuries-long quest for Prester John. Dr. Kurt is expanding a paper delivered at the Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar, "Between Holy War and Symbiosis: the Delicate Balance of Late Medieval Ethiopia, the Neighboring Sultanates, and Mamluk Egypt," into a full article.
Dr. Kurt has also published “Afghanistan’s Current Situation and the Outlook for the Future: An Interview with Thomas Gouttierre,” Digest of Middle East Studies 19.2 (Fall 2010), 213-27 and a review of Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, ed., Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan (New York: Lynne Rienner, 2011) in Digest of Middle East Studies 22.1 (Spring 2013), 209-13. He is presently working on a joint publication on archival material from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library regarding the information, discussions and decision-making in the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan in 1978-80.