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Hani Khafipour

Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: hanik@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2795
Office: THH 224

 

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

Khafipour’s 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. His research focuses on notions of Perso-Islamic kingship, religio-political legitimacy, and political patronage in this period. His other research interests are in the post-Mongol messianic movements that swept across Central Asia, Iran, and Anatolia, and the examination of “religious deviance” and how notions of heterodoxy/orthodoxy were negotiated in the spiritual traditions of the medieval Near East. He is currently working on a book that examines the formation of political loyalty, patronage networks, and ideals of authority in early-modern Iran.
 

Research Keywords

Safavid Iran, Shah Tahmasb, Shah 'Abbas, Shah Isma'il
 

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 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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