dr. Ghazzal Dabiri

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Ghazzal Dabiri holds a Ph.D. in Iranian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently an ERC research fellow at the University of Ghent.

In general, she is interested in the developments and major movements of various types of texts in early medieval Iran and highlighting the moments that offer a slightly more nuanced commentary on society and identity in spite of and in the context of religious controversies, social discord, and cultural differences. Her research focuses on the social and literary history of late antique and early medieval Iran and has published several articles on these topics. Her first book project which is entitled “From Historiography to Epic: Narrating Kingship, Identity, and Legitimacy in Late Antique and Early Medieval Iran,” is based in part on her dissertation, “The Origins and Development of Persian Epics,” which won Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation from the Foundation for Iranian Studies. She has also begun research for a new project which will focus on how lives of Sufi saints are narrated and constructed in the twelfth century and the socio-religious concerns that emerge from such constructions.

She was a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year and was coordinator of Persian Studies program at Columbia University from 2008-2014. She was recently elected to the executive board as secretary of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS).

•    “Historiography and the Sho’ubiya Movement” in Journal of Persianate Studies (2013)
•    “The Shahnama: Between the Samanids and Ghaznavids” in Iranian Studies, the Shahnama Special Issue (February 2010)
•    “Visions of Heaven and Hell from Late Antiquity in the Near East” in Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei (Winter 2009)

Review Essays:

•    Review of The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism by Patricia Crone in Journal of Persianate Studies (2015)

    Review of Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry by M.J. Fischer in Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies (2010)

Other Publications:

•   The Mother Tongue: An Introduction to the Persian Language.” PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau, 2009

•    “Shiraz Nights.” PBS Frontline: Tehran Bureau, August 10, 2009