Michael G. Morony

Michael Gregory Morony (born September 30, 1939) has been a professor of history at UCLA since 1974, with interests in the history of Ancient and Islamic Near East.[1][2]

Michael G. Morony
Born (1939-09-30) September 30, 1939 (age 81)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley
Academic work
DisciplineAncient and Islamic Near East

Morony was born in 1939 in Sacramento and was raised in Alaska. He holds a BA in Near Eastern Languages from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Islamic Studies and a PhD (1972) in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.[2] His dissertation, originally advised by Gustave von Grunebaum, was concerned with the history of Mesopotamia after the Islamic Conquests.[citation needed] The edited dissertation was later published as Iraq After the Muslim Conquest. Upon von Grunebaum's death, his dissertation was supervised by Nikki Keddie. In addition to these scholars, Morony has also worked with W. B. Henning in Berkeley and M. A. Shaban.[citation needed]

Morony's research is mostly concerned with the economic history of the Near East, North Africa and Muslim Iberia. He has written many articles on the subject and is considered[by whom?] one of the authorities on the socio-economic history of the region in the pre-modern period.

Among the scholars who Morony served on the Ph.D. advisory committees of was Daniel C. Peterson.


  • Morony, Michael G. (1974). "Religious Communities in Late Sasanian and Early Muslim Iraq". Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 17 (2): 113–135.
  • Morony, Michael G. (1984). Iraq After the Muslim Conquest. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • The History of al-Tabari, Vol. XVIII, "Between Civil Wars: The Caliphate of Mu'awiyah" (Albany, 1987), translation
  • Morony, Michael G. (1991). "The Aramaean Population in the Economic Life of Early Islamic Iraq". Aram Periodical. 3 (1): 1–6.
  • Villagomez, Cynthia J.; Morony, Michael G. (1999). "Ecclesiastical Wealth in the East Syrian Church from Late Antiquity to Early Islam". After Bardaisan: Studies on Continuity and Change in Syriac Christianity. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. pp. 303–315.
  • Morony, Michael G. (2000). "Michael the Syrian as a Source for Economic History" (PDF). Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. 3 (2): 141–172.
  • "Production and the Exploitation of Resources", Series : The Formation of the Classical Islamic World: 11, 2002, ISBN 978-0-86078-706-8 (ed.)
  • "Manufacturing and Labour", Series : The Formation of the Classical Islamic World: 12, 2003, ISBN 978-0-86078-707-5 (ed.)
  • Morony, Michael G. (2005). "History and Identity in the Syrian Churches". Redefining Christian Identity: Cultural Interaction in the Middle East Since the Rise of Islam. Leuven: Peeters Publishers. pp. 1–33.