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Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

PhD in History

Academic Profile

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi is Professor of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto and the former chair of the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Since 2002 he has served as Editor-in-Chief of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, a Duke University Press journal, and is the co-editor of Iranian Studies book series (AIS/Routledge). Currently he is President of the Association for Iranian Studies (AIS).

Tavakoli’s areas of specialization encompass Middle Eastern History, Modernity, and Nationalism. He is the author of two books, Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism and Nationalist Historiography (Palgrave, 2001) and Tajaddud-i Bumi [Vernacular Modernity] (in Persian, Nashr-i Tarikh, 2003). He has authored articles on “Early Persianate Modernity,” “Historiography and Crafting Iranian National Identity,” “Narrative Identity in the Works of Hedayat and His Contemporaries,” “Orientalist Studies and Its Amnesia,” “Eroticizing Europe,” “From Patriotism to Matriotism: A Tropological Study of Iranian Nationalism, 1870-1909," and “Anti-Baha’ism and Islamism.” Among others, his Persian language articles have appeared in Iran Nameh, Nimeye Digar, Rahavard, I‘timad-i Milli, and Mihr Namah. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in History from the University of Iowa, and a 1988 PhD in History from the University of Chicago.

Current Position

Professor of History, Historical Studies & Near and Middle Easte, University of Toronto