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Journal of Persianate Studies (JPS)

The Journal publishes articles on the culture and civilization of the geographical area where Persian has historically been the dominant language or a major cultural force, encompassing Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, as well as the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and parts of the former Ottoman Empire.

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Contents of JPS 8.2 (2015)

Special Issue on the Safavids in Global Perspective
Guest Editor: Rudi Matthee

  • Rudi Matthee, "Introduction: The Safavids in Global Perspective."
  • Rıza Yıldırım, "In the Name of Hoseyn’s Blood: The Memory of Karbala as Ideological Stimulus to the Safavid Revolution."
  • Ferenc Csirkés, "Messianic Oeuvres in Interaction: Misattributed Poems by Shah Esmā`il and Nesimi."
  • Theodore Beers, "The Biography of Vahshi Bafqi (d. 991/1583) and the Tazkera Tradition."
  • Walter Posch, "On a Pachyderm’s Voyage from Tabriz to Aleppo: A Light Moment in Persianate 'Elephant Diplomacy'."
  • Jose Cutillas Ferrer, "Did Shah `Abbās I Have a Mediterranean Policy?"
  • Rudi Matthee, "The Decline of Safavid Iran in Comparative Perspective."
Review Essay:
  • Saïd Amir Arjomand, "A Decade of Persianate Studies."

ASPS welcomes papers from members and other scholars for the Journal of Persianate Studies. Please send your submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Editor-in-Chief.

Department of Sociology, State University of New York
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4356
Tel: (631) 632-7746
Fax: (631) 632-8203

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Saïd Amir Arjomand
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Associate Editor

D Gershon Lewental
University of Oklahoma

Editorial Board

  • Muzaffar Alam
    The University of Chicago
  • Ali Ansari
    University of St. Andrews
  • Garnik Asatrian
    Yerevan State University
  • Grigol Beradze
    The G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies, Tbilisi
  • Cerlo Cereti
    Sapienza University of Rome
  • Houchang E. Chehabi
    Boston University
  • Massumeh Farhad
    Smithsonian Institution
  • Charles-Henri de Fouchecour
    University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • Bert Fragner
    Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Jo-Ann Gross
    The College of New Jersey
  • Paul Losensky
    Indiana University
  • Beatrice Manz
    Tufts University
  • Robert McChesney
    New York University
  • Rudi Matthee
    University of Delaware
  • Charles P. Melville
    Cambridge University
  • Parvaneh Pourshariati
    The Ohio State University
  • Ali Ashraf Sadegh
    Iranian Academy of Language and Literature
  • A.A. Seyed-Gohrab
    Leiden University
  • Sunil Sharma
    Boston University
  • Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli
    Aligarh Muslim University


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