DepartmentTorrey Honors Institute
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  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • M.A., Wheaton College
  • B.A., Kansas State University


Todd M. Thompson is Assistant Professor of History at Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University. Before coming to Biola, Todd completed his PhD studies at the University of Cambridge and spent four years teaching at an Arab university in the Middle East. His research focuses on the connections between British, American and Middle Eastern history in the twentieth century including the intellectual history of “Western” Christian and Arab Christian engagement with Islam, the experience of minorities in the Arab world, Arab Christian mediation of knowledge about the “Middle East” in the “West,” and the reception of the “Great Books” of the West in the Arab world. Todd married his high-school sweetheart, Anna, and their two lively children, William and Nora, keep them busy and entertained.


  • American Historical Association
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • Ecclesiastical History Society
  • CLIO (Cambridge University History Society)


  • Sir Norman Anderson, Islam and the End of the British Empire (New York and London: Oxford University Press/Hurst, Forthcoming 2014-2015)

  • T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Biography (New York and London: Oxford University Press/Hurst, In Progress)

Articles & Chapters
  • "Charles Malik and the Christian Critique of Orientalism in Lebanon and Britain, 1945-1956," Christians and Religious Plurality, ed. John Doran, Charlotte Methuen and Alexandra Walsham (Boydell and Brewer, 2014/2015)

  • "Albert Hourani, Christian Minorities and the Spiritual Dimension of Britain's Problem in Palestine, 1938-1947," in Christians and the Middle East Conflict, ed. Paul S Rowe, John H.A. Dyck, Jens Zimmermann (Routledge, 2014)

  • “Making ‘Modern’ Libya: The King and Anderson,” History Today 61, 12 (2011): 49-55.

  • “Covert Operations, British Views of Islam and Anglo-Sanusi Relations in North Africa, 1940-45,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 37, 2 (2009): 293-323.

  • “The Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty and the Evangelical Conscience in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Journal of Religious History 33, 1 (2009): 49-65.

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