Publications

Abbas Amanat
2018
Editors: Abbas Amanat and Assef Ashraf. The Persianate World: Rethinking a Shared Sphere is among the first books to explore the pre-modern and early modern historical ties among such diverse regions as Anatolia, the Iranian plateau, Central Asia, Western Xinjiang, the Indian subcontinent, and...
Abbas Amanat
2017
Charting the rise of modern Iran with Yale historian Abbas Amanat Abbas Amanat, the William Graham Sumner Professor of History at Yale, poured decades of research into “Iran: A Modern History,” his new book charting five centuries of Iranian history and its encounters with the neighboring lands and...
Alan Mikhail
2017
Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Osman, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, had a dream in which a tree sprouted from his navel. As the tree grew, its shade covered the earth; as Osman’s empire grew, it, too,...
Kevin van Bladel
2017
This historical study argues that the Mandaean religion originated under Sasanid rule in the fifth century, not earlier as has been widely accepted. It analyzes primary sources in Syriac, Mandaic, and Arabic to clarify the early history of Mandaeism. This religion, along with several other, shorter...
Nahid Siamdoust
2017
Music was one of the first casualties of the Iranian Revolution. It was banned in 1979, but it quickly crept back into Iranian culture and politics. The state made use of music for its propaganda during the Iran–Iraq war. Over time music provided an important political space where artists and...
Abbas Amanat
2016
Edited by Abbas Amanat and Fereydun Vahman (Ashkaar Publishers, 2016) This important collection consisting of 71 rare Government documents pertains to 1852-1873 AD and casts a new light on the obscure history of the Babi and Baha’i community in Iran, and relevant exiles in the provinces of the...
Frank Griffel
2016
Al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111) is one of the most influential thinkers of Islam. There is hardly a genre of Islamic literature where he is not regarded as a major authority. Islamic Law, Sufism, ethics, philosophy, and theology are all deeply shaped by him. Yet in the past thirty years, the field of...