Douwe van Hinsbergen

I currently work as Researcher at the University of Oslo, working with Trond Torsvik, and construct plate tectonic restorations of mountain belts at subduction zones. In particular I reconstruct the Tethyan Realm, which was a large, triangular ocean with multiple small continental blocks, that during the last 150 or 200 million years or so closed between Africa, Arabia, India and Australia in the south, and Eurasia in the north. Its closure led to the formation of the Alpine-Himalayan mountain...



Annemarie Schimmel

Annemarie Schimmel was born in Erfurt, a town in central Germany in 1922. An only child, she grew up in a loving home steeped in the German classics, especially poetry. She seems at an early age to have been conscious of her destiny. She writes: “It was absolutely clear to me when I was seven years old that I had to study something that had to do with Eastern languages and cultures. I have never even thought of doing anything else”. At fifteen she abandoned piano lessons for the...



Shaun Marmon

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton in 1990. I have taught in history departments at Johns Hopkins University (as a Mellon fellow) and at the University of Rhode Island. Before joining the department of Religion at Princeton in 1993, I spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a fellow of the School of Historical Studies. My broad area of study is the Medieval Arabic and Islamic Middle East although I have also done some work in...



Daniel Sheffield

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Iranian and Persian studies at Harvard University, specializing in medieval and early modern Zoroastrian religious history. I am currently engaged in writing my dissertation on the role that sacred narratives of the life of the prophet Zarathustra have played in the Zoroastrian communities of Iran and India.



Afsaneh Najmabadi

Afsaneh Najmabadi is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her last book, Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005), received the 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association. She is currently working on Sex in Change: Configurations of Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary Iran, and on Genus...



Central Asia

Syndicate content
  • Recommend Us