Research Associate, Oriental Institute
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Majid Montazer Mahdi is a historian of Islamic law. He is currently the AHRC post-doctoral research associate on the Invisible East programme at Oxford University, where he works on Persian documents from medieval Afghanistan. Majid was trained as an Islamic legal scholar at Tehran University. He received his MA degree in Muslim Cultures from Aga Khan University-Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in 2012. He has submitted his PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. His dissertation deals with biographical dictionaries of Shiʿi ulama written in the 17th and 18th centuries. Majid is also a cultural historian of the Persianate world. He has contributed to the ERC-KITAB project by editing Arabic and Persian manuscripts. His article on the reading culture of Shiraz in the Mongol era appeared in Cities of Medieval Iran (Brill, 2020). He also contributed to the Institute of Ismaili Studies’ Muslim Biomedical Ethics project as a research assistant. His latest contribution was the translation of Arabic texts into English in the Faḍāʾil Balkh, published by Oxbow/Gibb Memorial Trust (2021). In addition, he has written reviews that have appeared on Reading Religion.