Persianate Studies Workshop

A student-organized, interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to advancing knowledge of the Persianate world in all its many facets. Founded in 2014, the PSW creates a space for scholars and students to transcend the boundaries of department and discipline to share their work and receive critical feedback on their research. Our participants are drawn from several departments and programs here at Michigan and beyond, including History, Near Eastern Studies, Anthropology, Art History, and Comparative Literature. Meetings in the form of workshops, working groups, film screenings, and guest lectures will allow for the scholarly community at U of M to engage with various conceptual, theoretical, temporal, and geographical approaches to the study of the Persianate world, thereby contributing to the growing field of Persianate/Iranian studies both at the University and in academia.

Our coordinators for the 2019-2020 academic year are Shahla Farghadani ( and Brittany Puller (

On this site, you will be able to learn more about the Workshop, access an archive of past events, and stay up-to-date with our plans for future events and activities.


Upcoming Events

Monday, October 7, 2019

A writing workshop with Dr. Hunter Bandy (North Carolina State University).  A chapter of Dr. Bandy’s book entitled, Building a Mountain of Light: Niẓām al-Dīn Gīlānī and Shi’i Naturalism Between Safavid Iran and the Deccan, will be workshopped.  This book focuses on the work of “Ḥakīm al-Mulk” Niẓām al-Dīn Aḥmad Gīlānī, Shi’i Muslim philosopher, physician, and occultist whose intellectual career unites the religious landscapes of Kārkiyā’ī Gilan, Safavid Iran, Mughal India, and the Quṭbshāhī Deccan.  A copy of the chapter can be requested through the coordinators.  The event will be held in 4000 South Thayer Building from 5:30-7:30 PM.


Rackham Graduate School @ University of Michigan

Department of Middle East Studies

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies