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Alyssa Gabbay


Academic Profile

I am a cultural historian who has published in the areas of medieval Islamic history (especially Persianate history) and Islam and gender. I am particularly passionate about uncovering alternative perspectives toward hierarchies that are traditionally seen as in force in medieval Islamicate societies – whether those that place religious scholars above poets, men above women, or Arabs, Turks or Persians above Hindus -- and in discovering the complex historical and literary processes involved in producing these perspectives.

Sample Publications

Book projects include Islamic Tolerance: Amīr Khusraw and Pluralism (Routledge, 2010); a monograph about female inheritance in Islam; and a dual-language edition of the Dībāchah-‘i Dīvān-i Ghurrat al-Kamāl of Amīr Khusraw (proposal under review by the Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press). I have also contributed articles to Iranian Studies and the Journal of Persianate Studies (including to a special issue of the latter, co-edited by myself and Julia Clancy-Smith, University of Arizona); a book chapter for a volume in the History of Persian Literature series, forthcoming by I.B. Tauris; and entries to the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and the Encyclopaedia Iranica.

Current Position

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro