Amr Al Azm

Title: Professor

Subject Area: History and Anthropology


Amr Al Azm was educated in the UK, reading Archaeology of Western Asiatics at the University of London, Institute of Archaeology and graduated with a doctoral degree in 1991. He has excavated a number of sites including Tell Hamoukar in Syria and one possibly associated with Ghengis Khan's final resting place in Mongolia. He was the Director of Scientific and Conservation Laboratories at the General Department of Antiquities and Museums (1999-2004) and Head of the Centre for Archaeological Research at the University of Damascus (2003-2006). He has taught at the University of Damascus (1999-2006) and served Dean of University Requirements at the Arab European University (2005-2006). He is also a keen observer of Middle East events, in particular Syria and its neighbours. He was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University (2006-2009) teaching courses in political science and anthropology (2006-2009).


PhD. Archaeology, 1986-1991, University of London UCL, London, England

MSc. Bioarchaeology, 1985-1986, University of London Institute of Archaeology, London, England

B.A. (Hons) Degree (class 2:1), Archaeology of Western Asia , 1982-1985, University of London Institute of Archaeology, London, England

Primary Courses

HIST 2540 - Introduction to the Midlle East: History, Peoples and Culture

HIST 3550 - Islam: Religion, Politics and Society

HIST 3520 - History of the Crusades

HIST 4420 - Middle East in Modern Times

ANTH - Biological Anthropology

ANTH - Forensic Anthropology

Activities and Research

Forthcoming: Al-Azm, A. "Wooden Helmets and Paper Flights, The Mamluks are Off to War: Recent Finds of Medieval Arms and Armour at the Citadel of Damascus." Mamluk Studies Review, MEDOC, University of Chicago.

Al-Azm, A. 2009. "The Importance and Antiquity of Frikkeh: a simple snack or a socio-economic indicator of decline and prosperity in the ancient Near East" in From Foragers to Farmers: Gordon C. Hillman Festschrift, eds., A.S. Fairbairn & E. Weiss, Oxbow Monographs.

Al-Azm, A. 2008. "Conservation and Preservation of Mosaics in Syria: The Case for a Multidisciplinary Approach." Lessons learned: reflecting on the theory and practice of mosaic conservation: proceedings of the 9th ICCM Conference, Hammamet, Tunisia, November 29-December 3, 2005, eds., Aïcha Ben Abed, Martha Demas and Thomas Roby, 139-143, Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute.

Al-Azm, A. 2005. "Archaeobotanical and Environmental Studies at Jebel Khaled: Preliminary Report on the 2005 Season." Mediterranean Archaeology 18.

Al-Azm, A. and Calcani, J. 2002. Between Damascus and Rome, the Architecture of Apolodoro in Classical Culture. L'erma di Bretschneider.

Gibson, M. and Al-Azm, A. 2002. "Hamoukar: A Summary of Three Seasons of Excavations." Akkadica 123: 11-35.