| Stephen F. Dale

Stephen F. Dale


Professor of History


Ohio State University


B.A. Carleton College, Russian History, M.A. and Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, South Asian and Islamic History. Dissertation research conducted in Kerala, Southwestern India, Portugal and Gt. Britain on the oldest Muslim community in South Asia, the Mappilas, subsequently published as book by Clarendon Press, Oxford. Subsequent research conducted on the Eurasian trading network of Indian merchants in the 17th and 18th centuries in Russian sources, published by Cambridge University Press in 1994, and a biography of the founder of the Mughal Empire of India, based on research in Chaghatai Turkish, Persian and Russian sources, which was published by Brill in 2004. Most recent work was a comparative study of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires, supported by NEH, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. At present he is working on a study of Ibn Khaldun, and acting as the South Asian History editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

Selected Publications

Islamic Society on the South Asian Frontier: the Mappilas of Malabar, 1498-1922 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980).

South Asian Merchants and Eurasian Trade, 1600-1750 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

“The Islamic World in the Age of European expansion, 1500-1800,” in Francis Robinson ed., The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 62-89.

“Afghanistan,” in Grolier On-Line Encyclopaedia.

The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India 1483-1530 (Leiden and Boston, Brill, 2004).

“Indo-Persian Studies,” Special Issue of Iranian Studies 36.2 (June 2003), edited, introduction and article, “”A Safavid Poet in the Heart of Darkness: The Indian Poems of Ashraf Mazandarani,”197-212.

“The Later Timurids,” in Peter Golden and Nicola di Cosmo ed., The Cambridge History of Inner Asia, (Cambridge, 2009), 199-17.

The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals, Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“The Mughal Empire,” in David Morgan ed., The New Cambridge History of the Islamic World, III, (Cambridge, forthcoming, 2010).

“Indo-Persian Historiography,” in Ehsan Yarshater and Charles Melville ed., Persian Historiography, X in Ehsan Yarshater ed. A History of Persian Literature ( I.B. Tauris, forthcoming October, 2010).

“Autobiography and Biography: the Turco-Mongol Case: Babur, Haidar Mirza, Gulbadan Begim and Jahangir,” forthcoming in Louise Marlowe ed., Muslim Biography, (Harvard University Press, Forthcoming, 2010).


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