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Akihiko Yamaguchi


Academic Profile

Akihiko Yamaguchi is a professor of Middle Eastern History at Sophia University. He obtained his Ph.D. in history from the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He focuses primarily on the history of Iran and the Ottoman Empire from the 16th to early 20th century, with special attention to minorities and peripheries. He is particularly interested in aspects of the relations between the Kurdish regions and the central government during the time period. His main publications are: “Urban-rural Relations in Early Eighteenth-Century Iran - A Case Study of Settlement Patterns in the Province of Hamadan,” in KONDO Nobuaki (ed.), Persian Documents: Social History of Iran and Turan in the Fifteenth-Nineteenth Centuries, London and New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003; “A Note on Fruit Cultivation in the Early Eighteenth-Century Hamadan Province”, Eurasian Studies, V/1-2 (2006); “Shah Tahmasp's Kurdish Policy,” Studia Iranica, 41 (2012), pp. 101-132; “The Safavid Legacy as Viewed from the Periphery: The Formation of Iran and the Political Integration of a Kurdish Emirate,” in Nobuaki Kondo (ed.), Mapping Safavid Iran: Tokyo: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2015; ““Iranian Kurds (Akrād-e Īrān)” and the Safavid “Forced” Migration Policy,” Journal of Asian and African Studies, 93 (2017).

Scholarly Interests

Field of Research

Social and Economic History

Current Position

Professor, Sophia University