Professor Zadeh's research focuses on the role of translation in the formative stages of Islamic intellectual and cultural history, particularly in the areas of geographical writings on the wonders of the world and scriptural hermeneutics concerning the transcendental nature of the Qur’an.


His first two book projects grew out of research and writing he conducted while completing his doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature at Harvard University (2007). These monographs treat various aspects of translation within early Islamic civilization, and were conceived as extended commentaries on each other.
He is currently developing new research on several topics, including: religious and mercantile networks spanning frontier spaces through Central and South Asia; medieval philosophies of astonishment and wonder; and material and visual cultures in the study of religion and literature.




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