Associate Professor of Arabic/Islamic History; Fellow of St Cross College
Faculty / College Address:
- Islamic history, historiography, and hagiography of the 13th to 16th centuries
- Conversion processes, in particular conversion to Islam in the Mongol Empire
- Post-Mongol (13th to 16th century) theology and philosophy
- Political thought during the Later Middle Period of Islamic History
- Buddhism during the Ilkhanid period
- Early European scholars in Oriental Studies
- From Late Medieval to Early Modern: 13th to 16th Century Islamic Intellectual History. This is a five year project funded by the European Research Council under the FP7 Program for Support for Frontier Research (2010-2015).
- Conversion to Islam in the Ilkhanate
- Introduction to Islamic History and Culture
- Islamic History, 570-1500
- Religion and politics during the Mongol period
- The rise of Sufi orders in the Islamic world, 1200-1500
- ‘Slave Dynasties' in Islam: From the Ghaznavids to the Mamluk Sultanate
- Writing Islamic history, 1250-1500 A.D.: from palaeography to historiography
Books and Edited Volumes
- History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East. Studies in Honor of John E. Woods. Eds. Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh A. Quinn. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006.
- Ghazal as World Literature II. From a Literary Genre to a Great Tradition. The Ottoman gazel in Context (Istanbuler Texte und Studien 4). Edited by Angelika Neuwirth, Michael Hess, Judith Pfeiffer, and Börte Sagaster. Würzburg: Ergon-Verlag, 2006.
- Theoretical Approaches to the Transmission and Edition of Oriental Manuscripts (Beiruter Texte und Studien 111). Eds. Judith Pfeiffer and Manfred Kropp. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2007.
- Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz. Edited by Judith Pfeiffer (Iran Studies 8). Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- Rashīd al-Dīn. Bayān al-Ḥaqāʾiq. (In preparation).
- Maragha and Its Scholars. The Intellectual Culture of Medieval Maragha, ca. 1250-1550. Proceedings of the International workshop “Maragha and Its Scholars. The Intellectual Culture of Medieval Maragha, ca. 1250-1550,” Istanbul, December 2013. (In preparation).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Aḥmad Tegüder’s Second Letter to Qalā’ūn (682/1283).’ In History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East, edited by Judith Pfeiffer & Sholeh A. Quinn, 167-202. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006.
- “Reflections on a ‘Double Rapprochement:’ Conversion to Islam among the Mongol elite during the early Ilkhanate.” In Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan, edited by Linda Komaroff, 369-389. Brill: Leiden, 2006.
- “‘A turgid history of the Mongol empire in Persia:’ Epistemological reflections concerning an edition of Vaṣṣāf’s Tajziyat al-amṣār va tazjiyat al-a‘ṣār.” In Theoretical Approaches to the Transmission and Edition of Oriental Manuscripts, edited by Judith Pfeiffer and Manfred Kropp, 107-129. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2007.
- “Confessional polarization in the 17th century Ottoman Empire and Yūsuf İbn Ebī ‘Abdü’d-Deyyān’s Keşfü’l-esrār fī ilzāmi’l-Yehūd ve el-aḥbār.” In Contacts and Controversies between Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Ottoman Empire and Pre-Modern Iran, edited by Camilla Adang and Sabine Schmidtke, 15-55. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2010.
- “‘Faces Like Shields Covered with Leather:’ Keturah’s Sons in the Post-Mongol Islamicate Eschatological Traditions.” In Horizons of the World: Festschrift for İsenbike Togan, edited by İlker Evrim Binbaş and Nurten Kılıç-Schubel, 557-94. Istanbul: İthaki, 2011.
- “Protecting Private Property vs. Negotiating Political Authority: Nur al-Din b. Jaja and his endowments in thirteenth century Anatolia.” In Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia, edited by Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock and Firuza Abdullaeva, 147-165. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
- “The canonization of cultural memory: Ghāzān Khān, Rashīd al-Dīn, and the construction of the Mongol past.” In Rashīd al-Dīn. Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, edited by Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, 57-70. London: The Warburg Institute/Turin: Nino Aragno, 2013.
- “From Baghdad to Maragha, Tabriz, and beyond: Tabriz and the multi-cephalous cultural, religious, and intellectual landscape of the 13th to 15th century Nile-to-Oxus region.” In Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz, edited by Judith Pfeiffer, 1-11. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- “Confessional Ambiguity vs. Confessional Polarization: Politics and the Negotiation of Religious Boundaries in the Ilkhanate.” In Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz, edited by Judith Pfeiffer, 129-168. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- “‘Not every head that wears a crown deserves to rule.’ Women in Il-Khanid political life and court culture.” In Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, edited by Rachel Ward, 23-29 (Catalogue of the Courtauld Institute Exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq). London: The Courtauld Gallery in Association with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2014.
- “Mawlavi-Bektashi rivalries and the Islamization of the public space in late Seljuq Anatolia.” In: Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia. Eds. A.C.S. Peacock, Bruno de Nicola and Sara Nur Yildiz, 311-327. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.
- “Teaching the Learned: Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī’s Ijāza to Muʾayyadzāda ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Efendi and the Circulation of Knowledge between Fārs and the Ottoman Empire at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century.” In The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning. Studies Presented to Wadad Kadi. Edited by Maurice A. Pomerantz and Aram Shahin. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015 , pp. 284-332.
- “Rashīd al-Dīn’s Bayān al-ḥaqāʾiq and its Sitz im Leben. A preliminary appreciation.” Introduction to Rashīd al-Dīn’s Bayān al-ḥaqā’iq. (In preparation).
- “Rashīd al‑Dīn’s Jāmi‘i taṣānīf‑i Rashīdī and Its Significance for the Study of the Intellectual History of the Post-Mongol Middle East.” (In preparation).
New Book Series
New Series on Islamicate Intellectual History. Studies and Texts
Fresh from the Press (Islamicate Intellectual History 1)
Alexandra W. Dunietz
In The Cosmic Perils of Qadi Ḥusayn Maybudī in Fifteenth-Century Iran Alexandra Dunietz explores the life and works of a provincial judge during a time of tribal rivalries and millennial expectations. During the decades preceding the rise of the Safavid regime and the establishment of Shiʿism throughout Iran, Maybudī participated in a network of intellectuals, administrators, and mystics, wrote prolifically, and worked as a judge within the Ak Koyunlu sphere. Drawing upon Maybudī’s commentaries and correspondence, the work focuses on the judge’s education, complex commentary on the poetry of ʿAlī, the foundational figure of Shiʿism, his professional life, and his death during a rebellion against Safavid control of his hometown. Maybudī exemplified the natural development of relations between Sunnis and Shiis, provincial elites and central authorities, rationalist philosophers and devotees of the esoteric.