Associate Professor in Arabic/Islamic History; Fellow of St Cross College
Faculty / College Address:
- Islamic history, historiography, and hagiography of the 13th to 16th centuries
- Conversion processes, in particular conversion to Islam in the Mongol Empire
- Post-Mongol (13th to 16th century) theology and philosophy
- Political thought during the Later Middle Period of Islamic History
- Buddhism during the Ilkhanid period
- Early European scholars in Oriental Studies
- From Late Medieval to Early Modern: 13th to 16th Century Islamic Intellectual History. This is a five year project funded by the European Research Council under the FP7 Program for Support for Frontier Research (2010-2015).
- Conversion to Islam in the Ilkhanate
- Introduction to Islamic History and Culture
- Islamic History, 570-1500
- Religion and politics during the Mongol period
- The rise of Sufi orders in the Islamic world, 1200-1500
- ‘Slave Dynasties’ in Islam: From the Ghaznavids to the Mamluk Sultanate
- Writing Islamic history, 1250-1500 A.D.: from palaeography to historiography
Books and Edited Volumes
- History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East. Studies in Honor of John E. Woods. Eds. Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh A. Quinn. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006.
- Ghazal as World Literature II. From a Literary Genre to a Great Tradition. The Ottoman gazel in Context (Istanbuler Texte und Studien 4). Edited by Angelika Neuwirth, Michael Hess, Judith Pfeiffer, and Börte Sagaster. Würzburg: Ergon-Verlag, 2006.
- Theoretical Approaches to the Transmission and Edition of Oriental Manuscripts (Beiruter Texte und Studien 111). Eds. Judith Pfeiffer and Manfred Kropp. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2007.
- Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz. Edited by Judith Pfeiffer (Iran Studies 8). Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- Rashīd al-Dīn. Bayān al-Ḥaqāʾiq. Tehran: Mīrāth-i Maktūb/Berlin: Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University of Berlin. (Classical Muslim Heritage Series). (Forthcoming).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Aḥmad Tegüder’s Second Letter to Qalā’ūn (682/1283).’ In History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East, edited by Judith Pfeiffer & Sholeh A. Quinn, 167-202. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2006.
- “Reflections on a ‘Double Rapprochement:’ Conversion to Islam among the Mongol elite during the early Ilkhanate.” In Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan, edited by Linda Komaroff, 369-389. Brill: Leiden, 2006.
- “‘A turgid history of the Mongol empire in Persia:’ Epistemological reflections concerning an edition of Vaṣṣāf’s Tajziyat al-amṣār va tazjiyat al-a‘ṣār.” In Theoretical Approaches to the Transmission and Edition of Oriental Manuscripts, edited by Judith Pfeiffer and Manfred Kropp, 107-129. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2007.
- “Confessional polarization in the 17th century Ottoman Empire and Yūsuf İbn Ebī ‘Abdü’d-Deyyān’s Keşfü’l-esrār fī ilzāmi’l-Yehūd ve el-aḥbār.” In Contacts and Controversies between Muslims, Jews and Christians in the Ottoman Empire and Pre-Modern Iran, edited by Camilla Adang and Sabine Schmidtke, 15-55. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2010.
- “‘Faces Like Shields Covered with Leather:’ Keturah’s Sons in the Post-Mongol Islamicate Eschatological Traditions.” In Horizons of the World: Festschrift for İsenbike Togan, edited by İlker Evrim Binbaş and Nurten Kılıç-Schubel, 557-94. Istanbul: İthaki, 2011.
- “Protecting Private Property vs. Negotiating Political Authority: Nur al-Din b. Jaja and his endowments in thirteenth century Anatolia.” In Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia, edited by Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock and Firuza Abdullaeva, 147-165. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
- “The canonization of cultural memory: Ghāzān Khān, Rashīd al-Dīn, and the construction of the Mongol past.” In Rashīd al-Dīn. Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, edited by Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, 57-70. London: The Warburg Institute/Turin: Nino Aragno, 2013.
- “From Baghdad to Maragha, Tabriz, and beyond: Tabriz and the multi-cephalous cultural, religious, and intellectual landscape of the 13th to 15th century Nile-to-Oxus region.” In Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz, edited by Judith Pfeiffer, 1-11. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- “Confessional Ambiguity vs. Confessional Polarization: Politics and the Negotiation of Religious Boundaries in the Ilkhanate.” In Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th-15th Century Tabriz, edited by Judith Pfeiffer, 129-168. Leiden/New York: Brill, 2014.
- “‘Not every head that wears a crown deserves to rule.’ Women in Il-Khanid political life and court culture.” In Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq, edited by Rachel Ward, 23-29 (Catalogue of the Courtauld Institute Exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq). London: The Courtauld Gallery in Association with Paul Holberton Publishing, 2014.
- “Rashīd al-Dīn’s Bayān al-ḥaqāʾiq and its Sitz im Leben. A preliminary appreciation.” Introduction to Rashīd al-Dīn’s Bayān al-ḥaqā’iq, edited by Judith Pfeiffer. Tehran: Mīrāth-i Maktūb/Berlin: Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University of Berlin. (Classical Muslim Heritage Series). (Forthcoming).
- “Teaching the Learned: Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī’s ijāza to Muʾayyadzāda ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Efendi and the Fifteenth-century Transmission of Knowledge from Fārs to the Ottoman Empire.” (Forthcoming festschrift contribution).
- “Rashīd al‑Dīn’s Jāmi‘i taṣānīf‑i Rashīdī and Its Significance for the Study of the Intellectual History of the Post-Mongol Middle East.” (In preparation).