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Hani Khafipour

Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: hanik@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2795
Office: THH 449

 

Biographical Sketch

Hani Khafipour completed his doctorate at the University of Chicago, at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  His focus is on the history and culture of medieval and early-modern Iran.  He has held research fellowships from the Iran Heritage Foundation (UK), and the American Institute of Iranian Studies.  He was an Andrew W. Mellon fellow (2012), and a fellow of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (2011).  Dr. Khafipour teaches undergraduate courses on the medieval, and modern history of Iran, classical Persian poetry and prose, and topical courses in such fields as Islamic “heresy,” and apocalyptic thought and messianic movements in Near Eastern religions. 

 

Education

Ph.D. History - Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 2013
M.A. History - Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago, 2007
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

My field of specialization is the history of Safavid dynasty of Iran (1501-1722), which witnessed important transformations in literature and illustrative arts, new developments in international commerce and cultural exchange, and the revival of Islamic philosophy and Shi‘i theology. My research interests concern notions of Perso-Islamic kingship and the conception of authority in this era. I find issues of religio-political legitimation in the early modern empires of the Near East and India (i.e. the Safavids, Ottomans, and Mughals) extremely fascinating. My research engages in the wider discourse of political patronage, sociopolitical and religious potencies in the formation of state, and issues relating to varied conceptions of community, identity, and ethnicity of “border peoples” who lived in the peripheries of the three empires. I am currently editing a volume titled Empires of the Near East and India: Sources for the Study of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Societies (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2016) in which through close examination of diverse source materials, I attempt to map out the intellectual traditions of the Persianate world, identify points of divergence, as well as elements of common heritage among the peoples of the three empires. This volume is first of its kind in which the intellectual activities of the three empires are examined on a comparative basis. I am also finishing up a book manuscript that investigates the formation of political loyalty, structure of patronage networks, and ideals of authority in early-modern Iran. My book addresses the enduring questions regarding the rise of the Safavid dynasty and offers an alternative perspective to the formation of state in early modern Iran.
 

Research Keywords

Safavid Iran, Shah Tahmasb, Shah 'Abbas, Shah Isma'il, The Muslim Empires of the Near East and India, Patronage
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Formation of Political Loyalties in the Early Safavid State", Middle East History and Theory Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Chicago, 2012-2013   
 

Other Presentations

"Political Patronage & Clientelism in the Early Safavid State", Middle East History and Theory workshop, Chicago, 2013-2014   
"Seventeenth Century Iran as Seen through the Eyes of a Parisian Intellectual", Anjuman-i Sukhan, University of Chicago, 2009-2010   
"Dr. Ali Shariati; Introduction to his Political Ideology", Anjuman-i Sukhan, University of Chicago, 2007-2008   
 

Publications

Book

Khafipour, Hani (Ed.). Empires of the Near East and India: Sources for the Study of Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Societies. Columbia University Press (forthcoming, 2016).
 

Book Review

Khafipour, H. (2008). Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire by Andrew J. Newman. Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.
 

Journal Article

Khafipour, H. (2012). A Hospital in Ilkhanid Iran; Toward a Socio-economic Reconstruction of the Rab‘-i Rashidi,. Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. Vol. 45 (1)
 

Honors and Awards

Recipient of Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship , 2012-2013   
Fellow of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, 2011-2012   
Recipient of the American Institute of Iranian Studies research grant (for research in the Ottoman Archives in Istanbul), 2011-2012   
Recipient of the Iran Heritage Foundation research grant (United Kingdom), 2010-2011   
Recipient of the University of Chicago, dissertation research grant (for research in the Republic of Georgia), 2010-2011   
Recipient of the University of Chicago, Division of Humanities travel grant (for research in Iran), 2009-2010   
Recipient of the University of Chicago, Overseas Dissertation research grant (for research in Iran), 2009-2010   
 
 
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