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Kaveh Yazdani


Academic Profile

Kaveh Yazdani received his Ph.D degree at the University of Osnabrück in 2014 (''summa cum laude''). He was granted the Prince Dr Sabbar Farman-Farmaian Fellowship at the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam in 2015 and a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa between 2015 and 2017. He is currently working as a lecturer in economic history at the University of Bielefeld and is a research associate at CISA. His publications and forthcoming projects have in common that they enquire into questions of modernity, capitalist development, the reasons behind the rise of the West in global comparative perspective, as well as the socio-economic and intellectual history of South and West Asia between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Sample Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘South Asia in the Great Divergence Debate’, David Ludden et al. (eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History (expected publication in 2019)

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Foreign Relations and Semi-Modernization during the reigns of Haidar ‘Ali and Tipu Sultan’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 45/3 (2018),published online on the 28.11.2016

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘The Persianate Intelligentsia in Pre-Colonial India’, in Iran Nameh 30/4 (2016), pp. 126-144.

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Haidar ‘Ali and Tipu Sultan – Mysore’s 18th Century Rulers in Transition’, in Itinerario 38/2 (2014), pp. 101-20.

Kaveh Yazdani and Ali Fathollah-Nejad, ‘Das Verhältnis von Religion und Staat in Iran: Von den Safaviden bis heute‘ [The Relationship between Religion and State in Iran: From the Safavids until today], in Die Zeitschrift für Religion und Gesellschaft 1/2 (2011), pp. 298-312.


Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Haydar ʿAlī Khān Bahādur’, in Encyclopedia of Islam, Three, Leiden: Brill 2017, pp. 109-11.

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Stimme der Stimmlosen, in den Banlieues, auf dem Tahrir Square’ [The Voice of the Voiceless, in the Banlieues and on Tahrir Square], in inamo 69 (2012), pp. 57-62.

Forthcoming Publications


Kaveh Yazdani and Dilip Menon (eds.), Historical Capitalisms: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press (expected publication in 2019)

Nasser Mohajer and Kaveh Yazdani, From India to Persia – The entangled Socio-Economic History of the Zoroastrian Communities in Asia (17th to 20th Century) (expected publication in 2020)


Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Mysore’s Pre-Colonial Potentialities of Capitalist Development and Industrialization’, in Yazdani and Menon (eds.), Revisiting the History of Capitalism: A Global Perspective, Oxford University Press

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Mysore at War. The military structure during the reigns of Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan’, in Ravi Ahuja and Martin Christof-Füchsle (eds.), A Great War in South India. German Accounts of the Mysore Wars, 1766-1799 De Gruyter Oldenbourg2019

Kaveh Yazdani (co-authored with Nasser Mohajer), ‘Reading Marx in the Divergence Debate’, in Benjamin Zachariah and Lutz Raphael (eds.), What is Left of Marxism?, De Gruyter Oldenbourg(expected publication in 2020)

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘Dadani: Indian vs. European forms of organizing economic production’, in Dilip Menon (ed.), Tropic of Capricorn: Concepts from the Global South, Duke University Press (expected publication in 2020)

Kaveh Yazdani, ‘The 18th Century Sultanate of Mysore’, in Khurram Qadir (ed.), Islamic History and Civilization: South Asia,IRCICA: Istanbul 2020

Nasser Mohajer and Kaveh Yazdani, ‘The Socio-Economic Ascendancy of the Parsis in the 18th and 19th Century’ (expected publication in 2020)

Kaveh Yazdani, “Socioeconomic Change, 1700-1860”, in David Gilmartin, Prasannan Parthasarthi, Mrinalini Sinha (eds.), Cambridge History of the Modern Indian Subcontinent, Cambridge University Press Press (expected publication in 2022)