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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Lecturer in Eastern Islamic Lands and the Persian-speaking world
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335131
Fellow of: 
Pembroke College
Director of Studies at: 
Pembroke College

Dr Ashraf received his B.A. from New York University in 2005, where he received the Rumi-Biruni prize for excellence in Persian Studies. He holds a doctorate from Yale University and has worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Ashraf teaches courses relating to the history and culture of Iran, the Middle East and the Persian-speaking world.

Supervision information: 

Dr Ashraf is happy to supervise graduate students, particularly in the field of Iranian history

Research interests: 

Dr Ashraf's interests include the history of the Muslim world and the Middle East from the early modern to the present, comparative empires, travel literature, and the culture and economy of gift giving. His current research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Iran, state-society relations, and the construction of political authority in Qajar Iran

Current PhD students

Mr Yusuf Chaudhary: Islamic Intellectual History in the Mongol Ilkhanate (1258-1358); Theological Works of Rashid al-Din al-Hamadhani; Ilkhanid Intellectual Networks
Mr Iqan Shahidi: The concept of decline and decadence in the writings of the contemporary intellectuals of Iran.