Travis Zadeh

Department of Religion
Haverford College
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
001 610 795 3371 773
E-mail: tzadeh @ haverford.edu




Education

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Ph.D., June 2007. Department of Comparative Literature.


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

A.M., June 2003. Department of Comparative Literature.


Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.

B.A., 1998.

 


Publications

Books

The Vernacular Qur’ān: Translation and the Rise of Persian Exegesis (Oxford: Oxford University Press/IIS, 2012), xxi, 674 pp.

 

Mapping Frontiers Across Medieval Islam: Geography, Translation and the 'Abbāsid Empire (London: IB Tauris, 2011), xii, 316 pp.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Salmān's Persian Fātiḥa and the Modern Debates over Translating the Qurʾān," The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsir, ed. Stephen Burge (Oxford: Oxford University Press/IIS, Forthcoming, 2013).

 

"Of Mummies, Poets and Water Nymphs: Tracing the Codicological Limits of Ibn Khurradādhbih's Geography," ʿAbbāsid Studies IV, ed. Monique Bernards (Forthcoming, 2013)

 

"The Wiles of Creation: Philosophy, Fiction, and the ‘Ajā’ib Tradition,” Middle Eastern Literatures, 13.1 (2010): 21–48.

 

“Touching, and Ingesting: Early Debates over the Material Qur’ān,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, 129.3 (2009): 443–66.

 

“From Drops of Blood: Charisma and Political Legitimacy in the translatio of the ‘Uthmānic codex of al-Andalus,” Journal of Arabic Literature, 39.3 (2008): 321–46.

 

"Fire Cannot Harm It: Mediation, Temptation, and the Charismatic Power of the Qur’ān," Journal of Qur'ānic Studies, 10.2 (2008): 50–72.


Chapters

"An Ingestible Scripture: Qur'anic Erasure and the Limits of 'Popular' Religion," in History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, ed. Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann (Routledge: New York, Forthcoming, 2013).

 

"Persian Qurʾanic Networks, Modernity and the Writings of 'an Iranian Lady', Nusrat Amin Khanum (d. 1983)," Reading the Qur'an: Language, Culture & Interpretation in 20th-Century Tafsir, ed. Suha Taji-Farouki (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

 

Encyclopedia Articles

Articles on “Language,” “Kuffār,” and “Mujāhidīn,” The Encyclopedia of Islam in America, edited by Professor Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard University, Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.


Conference Presentations

"Entering the Kaʿba: ʿAbbāsid Ceremonial and the Formation of the Meccan Sanctuary," invited participant in week-long symposium, School of ʿAbbāsid Studies, July 2012. Exeter, United Kingdom.

 

"The Persian Fātiḥa of Salmān al-Fārisī and the Early Debates over Translating the Qur'ān," presented at the American Oriental Society, Annual Conference, March 2012. Boston, MA.

 

“Of Palimpsests and Acephalous Texts: Tracing the Limits of Early ‘Abbāsid Geography,” invited lecturer, Zukunftsphilologie, Freie Universität, May 2011. Berlin, Germany.

 

“‘Save in the Language of His Own People’: Isfarā’īnī’s Tāj al-tarājim and the Rise of Persian Commentaries of the Qur’ān” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference, November 2010. Atlanta, GA.

 

“Hermeneutic Polyvalence in Persian Rhyming Translations of the Qur’ān,” invited participant, IIS Workshop, The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsīr, November 2010. Atlanta, GA.

 

“A Crack in the Wall: the Ka'ba, Alexander's Rampart, and the articulation of Caliphal Dominion,” invited speaker, Walls Workshop, Cornell University, October 2010. Ithaca, NY.

 

“Mixing the Good with the Good; Orality, Multiplicity, and Early Practices of Translating the Qur’ān,” invited lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages, Cornell University, October 2010. Ithaca, NY.

 

“Of Mummies, Poets, and Water Nymphs: Tracing the Codicological Limits of Ibn Khurradādhbih’s Geography,” invited participant in week-long symposium, School of ‘Abbāsid Studies, July 2010. Leuven, Belgium.

 

“Beyond the Inimitable Word: How the Qur’ān Became Translatable,” invited guest lecturer, Religious Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, March 2010. Philadelphia, PA.

 

“An Ingestible Scripture: Early Debates on Touching, Dissolving, and Eating the Qur’ān,” invited participant, History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, University of Pennsylvania, March 2010. Philadelphia, PA.

 

“Persian Translations and Commentaries of the Qur’ān in South Asia,” presented at the American Oriental Society, Annual Conference, March 2010. St. Louis, MO.

 

“Misreading the Qur’ān: On Variants, Mistakes, and Early Translations,” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference, November 2009. Montreal, QC.

 

“‘A man without a bit of the Qur’ān in his belly is like a broken-down house’—Ingesting the Qur’ān and the Early Charismatic Power of Scripture,” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference, November 2008. Chicago, Il.


Bāz gashtīm bi-Qurʾān: Excursus and the Politics of Translation in the Tafsīr-i Ṭabarī,” presented at the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, November 2008. Washington D.C..

 

“An Angelic Translation: Tracing the Voice of Gabriel in the Qur’ān,” presented at the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Annual Conference, October 2008. Villanova University, Villanova, PA.


“With Rhyme and Reason: Early Persian Translations of the Qur’ān,” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Annual Conference, November 2007. San Diego, CA.


“Fire Cannot Harm It: Early Debates on the Charismatic Power of the Qur’ānic Codex,” invited participant in the SOAS Biennial Qur’ān Conference, University of London, November 2007. London, UK.


“From Drops of Blood: Charisma and Political Legitimacy in the translatio of an ‘Uthmānic Codex,” presented at the American Oriental Society, Annual Meeting, March 2007. San Antonio, TX.


“Mediating the ‘Savage’ in Arabic and Persian Geographical Writing,” presented at the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Annual Meeting, November 2006. Boston, MA.


“The Wiles of Creation: Assaying the Strange and the Marvelous in Qazwīnī’s ‘Ajā’ib al-Makhlūqāt,” presented at the American Oriental Society, Annual Meeting, March 2006. Seattle, WA.


“The Arab Historians of Don Quijote,” invited speaker, Don Quijote Workshop, Humanities Center, December 2005. Harvard University, Cambridge MA.


“Battling with the Word of God: Translating the Qur’ān in the Contexts of Medieval Iberia,” invited speaker, Islamicate Frontiers Workshop, Humanities Center, November 2005. Harvard University, MA.


“Mapping the Apocalypse in Medieval Islam: Sallām al-Tarjumān’s Journey to the Wall of Gog and Magog,” presented at the American Academy of Religion, Regional Conference, May 2005. Montreal, QC.


“Description of Thomas Erpenius’ Bilingual Latin-Arabic Primer of Sūrat Yūsuf from the Qur’ān (Leiden, 1617),” Houghton Library Exposition for the Alphabet Conference, sponsored by the Humanities Center, April 2003. Harvard University, MA.


“Subversion and Transliteration: Miguel de Luna’s translation of Abū Qāsim b. Ṭāriq, in the Verdadera Historia (Granada, 1592-1600),” presented at the Humanities Center, Alphabet Conference, April 2003. Harvard University, MA.


“Translation and the Moriscos: the Case of Miguel de Luna,” presented at the North Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, March 2003. Chapel Hill, NC.


“Of Weaving and Dying in Garcilaso: Mortality in the Metaphor of Writing,” presented at the North Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, March 2002. Chapel Hill, NC.

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Teaching

Haverford College, Islamic Studies, Department of Religion, Haverford, PA.

Associate Professor, 2012-Present, Assistant Professor, 2007-12.


Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Cambridge, MA.

Tutor and Member of Tutorial Board, 2006-7.


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Service

Invited lecturer, "Literatures of Muslim Spain," Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle East, Sunil Sharma, Boston University, March 2011. Boston, MA.

 

Reviewer, Journal of Arabic Literature, 2011.

 

Invited speaker, “On Camel Bones and Webpages: Material Cultures of the Qur'an," Material Religion Symposium, Haverford College, May 2009. Haverford, PA.

 

Invited lecturer, “Islamic Intellectual History: the Early Centuries,” Main Line Night School, April 2009. Bryn Mawr, PA.

 

Invited lecturer, "Vocabularies of Islam," The Rotary Club of Ardmore, June 2008. Ardmore, PA.


Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advisor, Winthrop House, Harvard University, MA, 2006-2007.


Student Organizer, year-long graduate student workshop in Comparative Literature, “Exploring Traditions: Methodologies in Comparative Literature.” Harvard University, MA, 2002-2003.


Resident Advisor, Graduate Student Housing. Harvard University, MA, 2001-2003.


Non-Resident Tutor for Literature, Dunster House. Harvard University, MA, 2001-2003


Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion, American Oriental Society, Middle East Studies Association.

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