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W. Matt Malczycki

W. Matt Malczycki

Associate Professor


W. Matt Malczycki

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306-C Thach Hall

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 2:15-4:15 pm or email to arrange an appointment


BA, History, University of Arkansas, 1997
MA, Middle East Studies, University of Utah, 2001
PhD, History, University of Utah, 2006

About Me

Matt Malczycki has been at Auburn since the 2008-2009 academic year. He regularly teaches World History (HIST 1010 & 1020), Historian's Craft (HIST 3800), and various Middle East and Islamic history courses (HIST 2130, HIST 5640, and special topics). His research interests are early Islamic North Africa and Arabic papyrology.

Research Interests

political, intellectual and religious history of the Middle East ca. 600-1500


Edited Volumes

  • Co-Editor with Andreas Kaplony, From Samarqand to Toledo: Greek, Sogdian, and Arabic Documents and Manuscripts from the Islamicate World and Beyond, (Boston and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2023).
  • Editor with Sobhi Bouderbala and Sylvie Denoix, The New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology (E. J. Brill: Boston and Leiden, 2017).


  • “A Comparison of P.Utah.Ar. inv. 205 to the Canonical Hadith Collections: The Written Raw Material of Early Hadith Study,” The New Frontiers of Arabic Papyrology: Papers Presented at the 5th Conference of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology, Tunisia 2012. E. J. Brill (Boston and Leiden, 2017), 101-112.
  • “A Qur’ānic Amulet on Papyrus: P.Utah.Ar. 342,” in Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World, eds. Petra Sijpesteijn and Alexander T. Schubert (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2015), 235-246.
  • “A Page from An Aspiring Muḥaḏiṯ’s Personal Notes” in Documents et histoire Islam VIIe-XVIe siècle, ed. Anne Regourd (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2013), 240-261.
  • “P.Utah.Ar. inv. 205 Instructions for Islamic Prayer from the Second Century AH/Eighth Century CE,” in Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 49 (2012): 49-62.
  • “The Papyrus Industry in the Early Islamic Era,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 54, (2011): 185-202.

Courses Taught

HIST 5640/6640 MWF 9-9:50

FLAR 1020 MWF 11-11:50

HIST 1010 MWF 1-1:50