Rana Mikati

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall 309
Office Hours: TR 1:30-2:50 & by appointment.
Phone: 843.953.1420
E-mail: mikatir@cofc.edu

Rana Mikati received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago. She also trained as an archaeologist at the American University of Beirut and at the University of Chicago with a special emphasis on Islamic Archaeology. Her research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of the eastern Mediterranean in the early medieval period, the history of early Islamic frontiers, warfare, and Islamic archaeology. She has written on women and warfare in the early Islamic period, ritual cursing, and Syrian saints. She is currently working on a book project on the transformation of Beirut into an early Islamic frontier town.


Ph.D., Chicago, 2013

Research Interests

Early Islam


“Cross my Heart and Hope to Die: A Diachronic Examination of the Mutual Self Curse (mubāhala) in Islam.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 2020

“Fighting for the Faith? Notes on Women and War in Early Islam.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 78.2 (2019) 

“On the Identity of the Syrian Abdāl.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 80.1 (2017): 21-43.