| Kathryn Babayan

Kathryn Babayan

Title

Associate Professor of Iranian Culture and History

Affiliation

University of Michigan

Bio

Kathryn Babayan is Associate Professor of Iranian History and Culture at the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Department of History, University of Michigan. She specializes in the cultural and social histories of early modern Iran. She is the author of Mystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran (2003); co-author of Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavi Iran, with Sussan Babaie, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (2004). Most recently, together with her colleague Afsaneh Najmabadi, they have co-edited a volume entitled Islamicate Sexualities Studies: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire, (2008). She is currently working on a monograph that explores the history of friendship and the culture of epistolarity in early modern Isfahan.

Selected Publications

Books

Mystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran (Cambridge: Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs, 2002).

Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavi Iran. Joint monograph with Sussan Babaie, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (London: I. B. Tauris, 2004).

Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire. Co-editor with Afsaneh Najmabadi (Cambridge: Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs, 2008).

Articles and Book Chapters

“The Safavi Synthesis: From Qizilbash Islam to Imamite Shi'ism,” Iranian Studies 27 (1994).

“Sufis, Darvishes, and Mullas: The Controversy Over Spiritual and Temporal Dominion in 17th Century Safavi Iran,” Safavi Persia, ed. Charles Melville (London: I.B. Tauris, 1996).

 “The ‘Aqa’id al-Nisa’: A Glimpse at Safavi Women in Local Isfahani Culture,” Women in the Medieval Islamic World, ed. Gavin Hambly (London: St. Martin's Press, 1998).

“The Safavid Household Reconfigured: Concubines, Eunuchs, and Military Slaves,” Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavi Iran, Joint monograph with Sussan Babaie, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (London: I. B. Tauris, 2004).

“The Ever-Tempting Return to an Iranian Past in the Islamic Present: Does Lotman’s Binarism Help?” Lotman and Cultural Studies: Encounters and Extensions, eds. Andreas Schönle (Madison: Wisconsin University Press, 2006).

“In Spirit We Ate of Each Other’s Sorrow:” Female Companionship in Seventeenth Century Safavi Iran, Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal Geographies of Desire, eds. Babayan & Najmabadi (Cambridge: Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs, 2008).

“The Comsological Order of Things in Early Modern Safavi Iran,” Book of Omens: The Falnama, ed. Massumeh Farhad (Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, 2009).

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