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Melvin-Koushki, Matthew

Associate Professor, History
University of South Carolina


Matthew Melvin-Koushki (PhD Yale) is Associate Professor and McCausland Fellow of History at the University of South Carolina. He specializes in early modern Islamicate intellectual and imperial history, with a focus on the theory and practice of the occult sciences in Timurid-Safavid Iran and the wider Persianate world to the nineteenth century. Melvin-Koushki’s several forthcoming books include Occult Philosophers and Philosopher Kings in Early Modern Iran: The Life and Legacy of Ibn Turka, Timurid Lettrist and The Occult Science of Empire in Aqquyunlu-Safavid Iran: Two Shirazi Lettrists and Their Manuals of Magic, and he is co-editor of the volumes Islamicate Occultism: New Perspectives (2017) and Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice (2020), the first in the field to treat of post-Mongol Persianate developments. His 30 published or forthcoming articles and review essays range widely temporally, geographically and disciplinarily, from Ilkhanid Iran, Mamluk Egypt and Ottoman Anatolia to Mughal India and Manghit Transoxania, and from history of science and history of philosophy to imperial historiography and literary and visual theory, including history of the book. Taken together, this corpus constitutes a new analytical framework for the study of early modern Persianate societies—one which retrieves Islamic Magic as a crucial category for interrogating the construction of Western early modernities, and hence scientific modernity, more broadly.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Islamic Studies   
Central Asian Studies   
13th-18th Centuries   
Persian   
Iranian Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Anatolia   
Iran   
Central Asia   
Egypt   
India   
SPECIALTIES
History of Philosophy-Science   
Early Modern Persianate Empires   
Occult Sciences   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
Persian (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2012Religious StudiesYale University
MPhil2009Religious StudiesYale University
MA2008Religious StudiesYale University
BA2004Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and CulturesUniversity of Virginia
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Matthew Melvin-Koushki






Department of History
University of South Carolina
211 Gambrell Hall
Columbia, SC
29208
United States
mmelvinkoushki@gmail.com

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