Mana Kia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Most broadly, her interests are the early modern connected social, cultural, intellectual histories of West, Central, and South Asia from the 17th - 19th centuries. Her first book, Persianate Selves: Memories of Place and Origin before Nationalism, was published in May 2020 by Stanford University Press. She is working on a second book, Sensibilities of Belonging: The Transregional Persianate between Iran and India, outlining how a shared sense of aesthetic and ethical form (as culture) was socially enacted in the transregional circulation of people, texts, and ideas between Iran and India.
Catherine Ambler is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. Her research interests center on the cultural history of pre-modern Central Asia (Transoxiana) and the ways in which it situated itself within a Persianate and Islamic sphere of exchange extending through India, Iran, and Turkey. Her dissertation traces the ways in which sixteenth and seventeenth century tazkiras (“mementos”) of Persian poets articulate social imaginaries through their commemorations of poets, poetry, and place.
Andrew McLaren is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. His research interests include Islamicate ethics, theology, written culture, and Arabic and Persian historiography. In particular, he is concerned with the ways that textual practice functioned as a means of locating and cultivating the Muslim self, in society and history alike. His dissertation is a history of the composition of two works of history by Ibn A‘tham al-Kufi (d. ca. 932), the “Book of Conquests” and the “Book of Chronography.”
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