Alexander Jabbari is the Farzaneh Family Assistant Professor of Persian Language and Literature in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His teaching includes courses on Persian literature (both classical and modern), sexuality and identity in the Islamic world, and Persian language.
Dr. Jabbari studies how Islamicate traditions and texts were appropriated and remade by modernizers in the 19th and 20th centuries. He works at the intersections of literary studies, history and philology. His research spans a number of languages and textual traditions such as Persian, Arabic and Urdu, and includes Muslim intellectuals from Iran, the Arab world, South Asia and China. His work includes a book manuscript on connections between Iranian and South Asian Muslim intellectuals in modernizing their shared literary heritage; a series of articles on the role of Persian texts in Chinese Islam; and a series of articles and second book project on the influence of the Indian Islamic scholar Shibli Nu‘mani, and more broadly on Islamic learning in colonial South Asia. His scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; International Journal of Islam in Asia; and elsewhere.
Dr. Jabbari received a PhD in Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Irvine and a BA with Honors in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.