Thomas Welsford


Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / All Souls College


Research Interests:

  • History of Islamic Central Asia, ca. 1200-1800
  • History of Iran and the Caucasus, ca. 1500-1750
  • Islamicate narrative and genre
  • Post-Soviet Cinema

Current Projects:

  • Cataloguing Arabic-script documents held in the Samarqand Provincial Museum, Uzbekistan
  • Converting D.Phil thesis into a monograph, 'Four Types of Loyalty in Early-Modern Central Asia'

Courses Taught:

  • Readings in Cultural History

Recent Publications:

  • ‘Piety, Refuge and Dynastic Change: The Re-Opening of Iran to Central Asian Pilgrim Traffic, 1600-1650’, in A. Papas, T. Zarcone and T. Welsford (eds.), The Routes of Pilgrimage between Central Asia and the Hijaz(London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming)

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