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Sussan Babaie is Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Among her books are Isfahan and Its Palaces (2008; paperback 2018), Slaves of the Shah (2004; paperback 2017), and Persian Kingship and Architecture (2015). She also publishes on contemporary arts, most recently, Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art (2017), and Geometry and Art in the Modern Middle East (2019). Her current book project is about urbanity and the links between visual and gustatory taste, between dishes (vessels) and dishes (food) in early modern Iran.

Subah Dayal is a historian of the Indian Ocean, with a focus on early modern South Asia and the Persianate world. She is Assistant Professor at New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Dr Arthur Dudney is an Affiliated Researcher (formerly Leverhulme Early Career Fellow) in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. His current project, "Making Persianate People: Histories of Literary Education beyond Iran," considers how literary Persian was spread and maintained in the vast region where it had cultural currency but was not a mother tongue. Previously he was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Early- Modern Indian Cultures of Knowledge at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD from Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies in 2013. Dudney is the author of Delhi: Pages for a Forgotten History (2015) and the forthcoming India in the Persian World of Letters, and several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Hindi-Urdu and Persian literary culture and intellectual history.

Farshid Emami (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2017) is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History at Oberlin College. He is currently completing a book manuscript that offers a new interpretation of architecture and urbanism in seventeenth-century Isfahan through the analytical lens of city experience. His article "Coffeehouses, Urban Spaces, and the Formation of Public Sphere in Safavid Isfahan" appeared in the Muqarnas in 2016. His published and forthcoming articles also address topics such as architecture in the contemporary Middle East and lithography in nineteenth-century Iran.

Aslıhan Gürbüzel is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at McGill University. She earned her PhD from Harvard in 2016 with a dissertation on popular preaching in early modern İstanbul and Anatolia. Her research examines the seventeenth century political public sphere and its impact on knowledge production. She is also interested in Ottoman book history, particularly in the role of Sufi orders in the production and circulation of manuscripts throughout the early modern era.

Babak Rahimi is Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion and the Director of the Program for the Study of Religion at UC San Diego. His monograph, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590–1641 C.E. (Brill 2011), traces the origins of the Iranian public sphere in the early-seventeenth century Safavid Empire with a focus on the relationship between state- building, urban space and ritual culture. Rahimi's research interests concern the complex historical formation of public spheres on a transcultural scale. The historical and social contexts that inspire his research range from early modern Islamicate societies to contemporary Iran.

Kaya Şahin is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, with adjunct appointments in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World (2013; Turkish translation 2014). His recent publications include "Staging an Empire: An Ottoman Circumcision Ceremony as Cultural Performance," American Historical Review 123, 2 (April 2018): 463–492. He is currently working on a biography of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman (r. 1520–1566) and a history of Ottoman public ceremonies in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries CE.

Yunus Uğur's area of interest covers Ottoman urban history, urban topography, historical geography, social spaces and neighborhoods. He studied and wrote about Bursa, Edirne and many Ottoman cities from different geographies of the Empire including Istanbul. His main focus has been on the use of primary sources and exploratory handling of...


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