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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

A. Azfar Moin

Assistant Professor PhD, University of Michigan

A. Azfar Moin



Azfar Moin is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and taught South Asian history at Southern Methodist University prior to joining UT-Austin. Prof. Moin studies the history of the pre-modern Islamic world from comparative and transregional perspectives with a focus on concepts and practices of sovereignty. His book The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam won the Best First Book in the History of Religions Award from the American Academy of Religion, John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History from the American Historical Association, and Honorable Mention for the Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize (South Asia) from the Association for Asian Studies. His current project, for which he received a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research from the Social Science Research Council, focuses on ritual violence and kingship in late medieval and early modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia. Prof. Moin teaches courses on religious transformations in the early modern Islamic world, rituals and practice of sovereignty in Islam, and theory and method in the study of religion.


Sufism and Sainthood in Islam; Sacred Kingship; Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia
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