Travis Zadeh is the Chair of the Religion Department, where he teaches courses in Islamic intellectual and cultural history. He also offers courses in the interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, respectively.
B.A., Middlebury College
A.M. and Ph.D. Harvard University
His 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 monograph, Mapping Frontiers across Medieval Islam: Geography, Translation, and the ‘Abbasid Empire (I.B. Tauris, 2011), explores the intersection of scriptural hermeneutics and descriptive geography in the projection of imperial power.
His second book, The Vernacular Qur’an: Translation and the Rise of Persian Exegesis (IIS/Oxford University Press, 2012), examines early juridical and theological debates over the translatability of the Qur’an and the rise of vernacular cultures with the development of Persian exegetical literature and translations of the Qur’an.