Basit H Qureshi

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. I specialize in the political culture of western France and the Eastern Mediterranean during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. My dissertation project investigates developments in the exercise and understanding of power and authority in the medieval world as a function of the crusading phenomenon, ca. 1090-1150. More broadly, I hold interests in diplomatics, pilgrimage, and interfaith relations from Antiquity to the early modern period.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.
  • M.A.: History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2011.
  • B.A.: History and Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR, 2007.


  • Medieval Europe
  • Medieval Islamic World
  • Interfaith Relations in the Mediterranean
  • Rulership and Diplomacy
  • The Crusades
  • Pilgrimage
Research & Professional Activities


  • A Sovereign of Two Worlds: Count-King Fulk V of Anjou, Crusade, and Conceiving the Medieval State in France and the Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 1090-1150: Ph.D. Dissertation
  • "A Hierophany Emergent: the Discursive Reconquest of the Urban Landscape of Jerusalem in Latin Pilgrimage Accounts from the Twelfth Century." The Historian, 76.4 (2014), 725-749.
  • “Peace of God Movement.” Great Events in Religion: an Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History, eds. Florin Curta and Andrew Holt (ABC-Clio, 2016), Forthcoming.
  • “Image and Power: Richard the Lion-Heart’s Political Strategy, 1157-1189 C.E.” Proceedings of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, (Sept., 2007), 613-619.