Khalid Yahya Blankinship

Khalid Yahya Blankinship (born 1949 in Seattle, Washington) is an American historian who specialises in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

He graduated in 1973 from the University of Washington in History[1] and in the same year, while still in Seattle, converted to Islam.[2]

In 1975 Blankinship received an MA in teaching English as a foreign language from the American University in Cairo, in 1983 a second MA in Islamic History from Cairo University and in 1988 a Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington.[1] He was an advisor for the PBS-broadcast documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002), produced by Unity Productions Foundation.[citation needed]

He has lived and traveled widely in the Middle East, including time in Egypt and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He is currently a tenured associate professor of religion at Temple University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Temple University Staff - Blankinship". Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  2. ^ " Biography". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2009-10-10.


  • The End of the Jihad State: The Reign of Hisham ibn `Abd al-Malik and the Collapse of the Umayyads. State University of New York Press, 1994. ISBN┬á0-7914-1828-6