Department of History

Matt Malczycki

Matt Malczycki Joseph A. Kicklighter Associate Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Studies
306C Thach Hall
(334) 844-7638

Office Hours

  • Monday 9:00-12:00 and by appt
  • Wednesday 9:00-12:00


Prof. Malczycki is the Department of History's Islamic history specialist. He became part of the long tradition of Arkansans working at Auburn when he first arrived “On the Plains” in 2008. Prof. Malczycki’s first major research field is Arabic papyrology, which is the study of the oldest extant Arabic primary source documents. Most of his publications come from his papyrological work. Although he continues to work in papyrology, his current research project is a monograph focused on early Islamic Tunisia (Ifriqiya) from the conquest/opening to the rise of the Aghlabids.

In fall semesters, Dr. Malczycki usually teaches two sections of HIST 1010 ("World History I") and one section of HIST 2130 ("Survey of Middle East History"). In spring semesters, he usually teaches one section HIST 1010 and one section of HIST 5970 “Crusade and Jihad in History.” Pending departmental approval, he will add more courses in the near future. Links to current syllabi, proposed syllabi, and a full cv are available at Prof. Malczycki's website.

Teaching Schedule

  • MWF 8-8:50, HIST 1010-003,  “World History I,” Haley 2370
  • MWF 10-10:50, HIST 1010-012, “World History I,” Haley 2370
  • MWF 1-1:50, HIST 2130001, “Survey of Mid East History,” Haley 3206


Representative Publications


  • "A Variant Version of the Qur'an, an Early Prayer Book, or a Careless Copyist? P.Utah.Atiya.Ar. 342," in Documents and the History of the Early Islamic World, eds. Petra Sijpesteijn and Lennart Sundelin (Leiden: E. J. Brill, forthcoming).
  • "A Business Letter Concerning Wheat: P.Vind.Inv.AP 02465," in The Proceedings of the Summer School for Arabic Papyrology, Austrian National Library, Vienna (forthcoming).
  • "A Page from An Aspiring Muhadith's Personal Notes" in Documents et histoire Islam VIIe-XVIe siècle, ed. Anne Regourd (Paris: Musée du Louvre/École Pratique des Hautes Études, 2014): 247-267.
  • “Instructions for Islamic Prayer from the Second Century AH/Eighth Century CE,” The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 49 (2012): 41-54.
  • "The Papyrus Industry in the Early Islamic Era," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 54 (2011): 185-202.

Last Updated: August 29, 2018