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Stefan Kamola

Associate Professor

Dr. Kamola is a scholar of the Iranian world in the period surrounding the Mongol conquests. He is particularly interested in how repeated waves of nomadic invasion between 1000 and 1260 CE inspired new ways of thinking about the past, new artistic expressions, and new forms of religious belief and practice. He earned his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and his Ph.D. in History, both from the University of Washington.

Research Interests
  • Mongol history
  • Historiography
  • Persian manuscripts
Of Note

Dr. Kamola spent a year living in Siberia after he finished college.

Teaching Interests
  • History of the Mongol Empire
  • Medieval Islamic history
  • Travel and Exchange in Asia

“Beyond history: Rashid al-Din and Iranian kingship,” forthcoming in Sarah Stewart and Sussan Babaie, eds., The Idea of Iran. Volume 8: Iran After the Mongols (London: I.B. Tauris, 2018).

“Ilkhānids,” forthcoming in Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd Edition.

“History and legend in the Jāmi` al-tawārīkh: Abraham, Alexander, and Oghuz Khan,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 25.4 (2015): 555-577. doi: 10.1017/S1356186315000218