Dr. Travis Zadeh
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "A Social History of the Qur'an
in South Asia: 1200–1700"
Field of Study: Religious Studies
Home Institution in US: Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Host Institution in India: Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: January 2014
Duration of grant: Nine months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Travis Zadeh's research focuses on the role of translation in the formative stages of Islamic intellectual and cultural history, particularly in the areas of geographical writings on the wonders of the world and scriptural hermeneutics.

His first two book projects grew out of research and writing he conducted while completing his doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature at Harvard University (2007). These monographs treat various aspects of translation within early Islamic civilization, and were conceived as extended commentaries on each other.

He is currently developing new research on several topics, including: religious and mercantile networks spanning frontier spaces through Central and South Asia; medieval philosophies of astonishment and wonder; and material and visual cultures in the study of religion and literature.

Prof. Zadeh's project focuses on the formative stages of Quranic studies in South Asia. During the medieval and early modern periods, Indian Muslims produced a vast corpus of exegetical literature in Arabic and Persian, which included multivolume commentaries and interlinear translations of the Qu’ran. This tradition developed to include an array of vernacular writings. During his tenure as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar, he will consult archives researching manuscripts in this vibrant tradition.