South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

A. Azfar Moin


Assistant ProfessorPhD, University of Michigan

A. Azfar Moin

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

Biography


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 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 research has also been published in Comparative Studies in Society and HistoryJournal of the American Oriental SocietyFragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval PastsIndian Economic & Social History Review, and in a number of edited volumes. His current project, for which he received a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research from the Social Science Research Council and a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, focuses on ritual violence and kingship in late medieval and early modern world. 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.

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