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A Presentation & Discussion of Ron MESSIER’s Book

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The Center for Cross Cultural Learning - CCCL cordially invites you to attend a book presentation by Dr. Ronald A. Messier on  his book "Jesus One Man Two Faiths". This presentation will be taking place at the CCCL Laalou premises on Friday, December 3rd from 4.00 to 6.00 pm.

Ronald A. MESSIER is Professor Emeritus of history at Middle Tennessee State Universtity (MTSU) where he taught RonIslamic history and historical archaeology from 1972 to 2004. From 1992 to 2004 he was also a professor of history and religious studies at Vanderbilt University and full time senior lecturer from 2004 to 2008. From 1987 to 1998, he directed the excavation of the ancient city of Sijilmassa in Morocco, famous for its gold trade and contacts with Timbuktu. He is currently conducting an archaeology project at Aghmat, near Marrakech. Since 1992, he has been the lecturer for over thirty study tours including ten to Morocco. He has won several teaching awards including the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education award as Tennessee Professor of the Year for 1993, the MTSU Outstanding Honors Faculty Award in 1978, and the MTSU Outstanding Teacher Award in 1976.


  • Jihad and Its Times. Co-edited with Hadia Dajani-Shakeel. Ann Arbor: Michigan Center Series on the Middle East, IV, Center for Near East and North African Studies, 1992
  • In the Shadow of Shields: a Story of the Almoravids. (Under Submission).
  • Sijilmasa: an African Eldorado De-Mythicised. (In Progress).

Articles (Selected)

  • "Sijilmasa: Five Seasons of Archaeological Inquiry by a Joint Moroccan-American Mission." Archéologie Islamique, 7 (1997), Paris: Editions Maisonneuve et Larose.
  • "Empires of Ancient Morocco" Ground Truth:Research and Exploration. Boston: a publication of Earthwatch (1995).
  • "Local Economy and Long Distance Trade in Medieval Sijilmasa." Usur al-Wusta (April, 1993).
  • "Moroccan-American Expedition to Sijilmasa, Morocco." National Geographic Research 13 (Spring, 1991): 134.
  • "Quantitative Analysis of Almoravid Dinars." Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 23 (1980).
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Looking forward to receiving you on Friday.