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Ali Anooshahr

Ali  Anooshahr

Associate Professor

Davis , Ca 95616
Office Phone: (530) 754-1631





Ali Anooshahr received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He spent the next two years in “teachers’ boot camp” as a substitute teacher in the Houston Independent School District. He was subsequently admitted to UCLA’s History Department where he obtained his MA (2002) and PhD (2005) in Islamic History. He was a CLIR-Mellon post-doctoral fellow in 2005-6 and Ahmanson-Getty Fellow in 2006-7. He used that time to convert his dissertation into a book manuscript, teach courses at the Cal State system, and catalog Persian, Ottoman, and Arabic manuscripts at UCLA Library’s Special Collections. After a year of teaching at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, he moved to Davis in 2008 as a scholar of "comparative Islamic Empires".

In his book and articles, Anooshahr focuses particularly on the transmissions of texts and individuals along networks that connected India, Iran, Central Asia, and the Ottoman Empire.

His current research include Indo-Persian hisotriography as well as revising early Safavid history.


Research Interests

Comparative Islamic Empires, Indo-Persian Culture

Selected Publications


Modern Periods, Routledge, 2009.

Articles and book chapters

--""The rise of the Safavids according to their old veterans: Amini Haravi's Futuhat-e Shahi", Iranian Studies, 48, no. 2 (2015): 249-267.
--"On the imperial discourse of the Delhi Sultanate and early Mughal India", Journal of Persianate Studies, 7, no. 2 (2014): 157-176.
--"Mughals, Mongols, and mongrels: the challenge of aristocracy and the rise of Mughal state in the Tarikh-i Rashidi", Journal of Early Modern History, 18, no. 6 (2014): 559-577.
--"Shirazi scholars and the political culture of the sixteenth century Indo-Persian world", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 55, no. 3 (2014): 331-352.
--"Franz Babinger and the memory of the 'German Counter-Revolution' in early modern Iranian historiography", in K. Aghaie and A. Marashi (eds) Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity, (UT Press, Austin, 2014), pp. 25-47.
---“Dialogue and Territoriality in a Mughal History of the Millennium”, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 55, no. 2-3 (2012): 220-254.
---"Author of One's Fate: Human Agency and Fatalism in Indo-Persian Histories”, Indian Economic and Social History Review, 49, no.2 (2012): 197-224.
---“Timurids and Turcomans: Transition and Flowering in the Fifteenth Century”, in T. Daryaee ed., The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History, (Oxford: 2012), pp. 271-285.
---“Writing, Speech, and Truth for an Ottoman Biographer,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies69, no. 1 (2010): 43-62.
---“The King Who Would Be Man: Gender Roles of the Warrior King in Early Mughal India,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 18, no. 3, (2008): 327-340.
---“Mughal Historians and the Memory of the Islamic Conquest of India,” Indian Economic and Social History Review, 43, no. 3, (2006): 275-300.

---“Utbi and the Ghaznavids at the Foot of the Mountain,” Iranian Studies, 38, no. 2, (2005): 271-291.