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Ali Anooshahr


  • Ph.D., Islamic History, UCLA, 2005
  • M.A., Islamic History, UCLA, 2002
  • B.A., Humanities, University of Texas, 1998


Ali Anooshahr received his B.A. 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 M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (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.

Research Focus

Comparative Islamic empires, Indo-Persian culture. His current research includes Indo-Persian historiography, as well as revising early Safavid history.

Selected Publications

  • Anooshahr, A. (2015) "The rise of the Safavids according to their old veterans: Amini Haravi's Futuhat-e Shahi", Iranian Studies, 48, no. 2: 249-267.
  • Anooshahr, A. (2014) "On the imperial discourse of the Delhi Sultanate and early Mughal India", Journal of Persianate Studies, 7, no. 2: 157-176.
  • Anooshahr, A. (2014) "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: 559-577.
  • Anooshahr, A. (2014) "Shirazi scholars and the political culture of the sixteenth century Indo-Persian world", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 55, no. 3: 331-352.
  • Anooshahr, A. (2009) The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A Comparative Study of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods, Routledge.