I am interested in the social and intellectual history of the Islamic Civilization in the Medieval and Premodern period, and various issues pertaining to it. Although that includes the history of the scientific theories (in particular Mathematics and Astronomy), the focus of my work is on the interaction between the scholar and the society and how the political and societal patterns interact with intellectual trends, and the modes of production of intellectual material.Topics within this genre include education, institutions of learning, the movement of scholars, patronage, circles of scholars, and scholarly correspondence.
My educational background has been in both the humanities and the sciences:
(BA Mathematics and Physics Tehran, PhD Mathematics Princeton University, Postdoctoral Fellow UBC, Visiting Faculty University of Helsinki 2008) (MPhil Arabic and Islamic Studies Yale, Ivy Exchange Scholar History of Science Columbia University 2011, MPhil Medieval Studies Yale, Visiting Scholar Georg-August-Universität Göttingen 2012, Visiting Scholar Eberhard-Karl-Universität Tübingen 2013, PhD candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale, Dissertation title: Science and Society in Medieval Islam: Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Politics of Patronage).
Other than my dissertation, I have also worked on projects related to the dissertation research, as well as other projects within the general theme of social history of science (chapter drafts and working papers available upon request). Those include i) Revisiting Umar Khayyam's mathematical career, ii) The Anwa' tradition as the Arabic science of the stars, iii) Ilkhanid historiography in the light of textual criticism, and iv) The roots of Ilkhan-Mamluk military engagement during the Bahri period.
My other research interests include such divergent fields as Ottoman Astronomy, Early Ottoman Anatolia, the Alexander legend between Eastern cultures, Arabic and Persian gnomologia, and the Persianate heritage of the Indian subcontinent.
I have taught Arabic and Persian courses at various levels as well as led reading seminars on classical texts. I have also taught a range of courses in Mathematics in various universities including Princeton University and the University of British Columbia.
“al-‘Amiri,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam, ed. Salim Ayduz, forthcoming.
“Bazar,” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, ed. Gerhard Böwering.
“al-Tafhim li Awa il al-Sina'at alTanjim," Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Under contract.
“Geometric Incidence Theorems via Fourier Analysis,” (with A. Iosevich and I. Laba), Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 361 (2009) 6595-6611.
“Singular Kernels Adapted to Curved Flags", PhD dissertation, Math. Dept. Princeton University
Selected Professional Service:
Referee for the series Islamic Thought in Translation, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT
Co-founder Whitney Humanities Center Working Group “Classical Persian Epistolary Prose.”
Area Specialist, Persian and Arabic manuscript and lithograph section, Library of Congress, Washington, DC