Shahzad Bashir | Curriculum Vitae

Department of Religious Studies
Building 70, Room 72F, Main Quad
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2165
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Lysbeth Warren Anderson Professor in Islamic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University Associate Professor, Specialization: Intellectual and Social History of Persianate Islamic Societies, 2007-present
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University, 2008-2011, 2012-present
Director, Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, 2009-2013 (on leave 2011-2012)
Associate Professor of Religion, Carleton College, 2005-2007
Assistant Professor of Religion, Carleton College, 2001-2005
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross, 1997-2001
Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Concentration in Middle Eastern Studies Instructor, College of the Holy Cross, 1996-1997


Yale University: Department of Religious Studies M. A., 1993, M. Phil., 1994, Ph.D., 1998
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul: Summer Program in Turkish Language & Culture, 1994
Middlebury College: Summer Program in Intensive Arabic, 1991
Amherst College: A. B. summa cum laude, 1991

Fellowships and Awards

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 2011-2012
Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 2011-2012
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2004-2006
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Faculty, 2004-2005
NEH Fellowship, American Research Institute in Turkey, Spring 1999
Mellon/Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Ctr. for International & Area Studies, Fall 1998
Best Dissertation in Iranian Studies, The Foundation for Iranian Studies, 1998


In preparation

“History’s Rhythms: Poetry in Persian Narratives of the Past.”

“History and Islamic Spirituality.“

“Genre, Narratives, Texts, and Manuscripts: A Heuristic for the Study of Central Asian Ṣūfī Hagiography.”

“An Attractive Absurdity: Oneness of Being in the Poetry of Shāh Qāsim-i Anvār.”

Books published and forthcoming

Building the Past: Memory, Metaphor, and Reality in Islamic Narratives (current project).

Bahāʾuddīn Naqshband: Hagiographic Portraits of a Sufi Master from Bukhara. Classics of Western Spirituality. Mahwah, New Jersey:        Paulist Press (under contract).

Sufi Bodies: Religion and Society in Medieval Islam. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.  (Designated American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012)

Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis. Makers of the Muslim World Series. Oxford: OneWorld Publications, 2005.

Turkish Translation: Fazlallah Astarabadi ve Hurufiler. Translated by Ahmet Tunc Sen. Istanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, forthcoming 2012.

Messianic Hopes and Mystical Visions: The Nūrbakhshīya Between Medieval and Modern Islam. Studies in Comparative Religion. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2003.

Articles published and forthcoming

“The Origins and Rhetorical Evolution of the term Kızılbaş in Persianate Literature.”

“Timely Disguises: Fantasizing Civility on the Indo-European Frontier.”

“The World as a Hat: Symbolism and Materiality in Safavid Iran.” In Religious Authority and Transgression in Islam: Diversity of Approaches and Interpretations, edited by Orkhan Mir-Kasimov. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).

“Movement and Stillness: The Practice of Sufi Zikr in Fourteenth-Century Central Asia.” In Meditation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, edited by Halvor Eifring. New York: Continuum Press (forthcoming).

“Narrating Sight: Dreaming as Visual Training in Persianate Sufi Hagiography.” In Dreams and Visions in Islamic Societies, edited by Alexander Knysh and Özgen Felek. Albany: SUNY Press, 2012: 233-247.

“Resisting Assimilation: Encounters with a Small Islamic Sect in Contemporary Pakistan.” In Engaging South Asian Religions:  Boundaries, Appropriations and Resistances, edited by Peter Gottschalk and Mathew Schmalz. Albany: SUNY Press, 2011: 173-190.

“Muḥammad in Ṣūfī Eyes: Prophetic Legitimacy in Medieval Iran and Central Asia.” In Cambridge Companion to Muhammad, edited by Jonathan Brockopp. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010: 201-225.

“Body.” In Key Themes for the Study of Islam, edited by Jamal Elias. Oxford: OneWorld Publications, 2010: 72-92, 388-390.

“Muslims in the History of Kashmir, Ladakh, and Baltistan: A Critical View on Persian and Urdu Sources,” Rivista degli Studi Orientali, Supplemento 2 (2009), 133-144.

“Islamic Tradition and Celibacy.” In Celibacy and Religious Traditions, edited by Carl Olson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007: 133-150.

“The Alphabetical Body: Ḥorūfī Reflections on Language, Script, and the Human Form.” In Proceedings of the Symposium Religious Texts in Iranian Languages, edited by Fereydoun Vahman and Claus Pederson. Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 2007: 279-292.

“Shah Ismaʿil and the Qizilbash: Cannibalism in the Religious History of Early Safavid Iran,” History of Religions 45, no. 3 (February 2006): 234-56.

“After the Messiah: The Nurbakhshiyya in Late Timurid and Early Safavid Times.” In Society and Culture in the Early Modern Middle East: Studies on Iran in the Safavid Period, edited by Andrew Newman. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003: 295-313.

“Deciphering the Cosmos from Creation to Apocalypse: The Hurufiyya Movement and Medieval Islamic Esotericism.” In Imagining the End: Visions of Apocalypse from the Ancient Middle East to Contemporary America, edited by Abbas Amanat and Magnus Bernhardsson. London: I. B. Tauris, 2002: 168-184.

“The Imam’s Return: Messianic Leadership in Late Medieval Shicism.” In The Most Learned of the Shica, edited by Linda Walbridge. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001: 21-33.

“The Risālat al-hudā of Muḥammad Nūrbaḵš: Critical Edition with Introduction,” Rivista degli Studi Orientali 75, nos. 1-4 (2001): 87-137.

“Enshrining Divinity: The Death and Memorialization of Fażlallāh Astarābādī in Ḥurūfī Thought,” Muslim World 90, nos. 3 & 4 (Fall 2000): 289-308.

Encyclopedia entries

“Messianism” in Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (forthcoming)

“Anarkali,” “Bakhsh, Data Ganj,” “Multan,” “Nurbakhshiya,” and “Muslim Saints” in Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002).

“Anger,” “Consolation,” and “Eternity” in Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001-2).