Kathryn Babayan

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Kathryn Babayan

Director, Armenian Studies Program
Associate Professor of Iranian History & Culture

202 South Thayer Street, Suite 4012, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 4012 STB
Phone: 734.763.1597
Fax: 734.936.2679
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Near Eastern Studies
    • Armenian Studies Program
  • Fields of Study
    • Early Modern Iran, Shi'ism, Sufism, Gender and Sexuality
  • About

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

    Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran. Joint monograph with Sussan Babaie, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe and Massumeh Farhad, London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2002.

    "The Making of a Messiah in Early Modern Iran: Darvish Reza and his Unveiling," forthcoming.

    "The Safavi Synthesis: From Qizilbash Islam to Imamite Shi'ism," Iranian Studies, Volume 27 (1994), a volume on pre-modern Iran, Said Amir Arjomand (ed.).

    Book Chapters
    "Astrology and the Culture of Divination in Early Modern Iran," Books of Omen: The Falname, ed. Massumeh Farhad, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, forthcoming 2005.

    "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. Amy Mandelker and Andreas Sch?nle (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 2002).

    "The 'Aqaid al-Nisa': A Glimpse at Safavi Women in Local Isfahani Culture" Women in the Medieval Islamic World, Gavin Hambly (ed.), St. Martin's Press, 1998.

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

  • Education
    • PhD Princeton University, 1993
  • Awards
    • 2011-2012 Visiting Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan
    • 2008 University of Michigan Humanities Award
    • 2006 Rackham Spring/Summer Research Grant
    • 2004 Honorable Mention, Said Sirjani Book Award, International Society for Iranian Studies
    • May 2000 Visiting Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris, France
    • 1999–2000 Visiting Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan
  • Language(s) and Proficiency Level(s):
    • Persian
    • Arabic
    • Turkish
    • French
    • Italian
    • Russian
    • Armenian