Sunil Sharma

Acting Chair, WLL Professor

  • Title Acting Chair, WLL
  • Office STH 639
  • Phone 617-358-6253
  • Education BA, New York University
    PhD, University of Chicago

Fall 2018 Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-12 and by appointment

Sunil Sharma’s areas of expertise are Persian and South Asian literatures. His research interests include poetry and court cultures, history of the book, and travel writing. His recent book, Mughal Arcadia: Persian Poetry in an Indian Court  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017) is a study of early modern Persianate literature.

He is a participant in a multi-year project entitled “Veiled Voyagers: Muslim Women Travelers from Asia and the Middle East” with the support of the Leverhulme Trust (UK) with Siobhan Lambert-Hurley (Sheffield University, UK) and Daniel Majchrowicz (Northwestern University). Veiled Voyagers will recover, translate and analyze Muslim women’s travel writing from a range of languages in order to draw out the gendered relationships that inhere between travel and Muslim identities, nationalism, and the shaping of global power. The project’s final output will include an annotated book edition, as well as an online repository of Muslim women’s travel texts in both the original and translation.

Persian Epic and Romance (CAS LZ380)
Rumi and Persian Sufi Poetry (CAS LZ381)
Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature (CAS XL100)
Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle East (CAS XL223)
Introduction to Comparative Literature: South Asia (CAS XL225)
Travel Writing and the Muslim World (CAS XL342 / GRS XL742)
Alexander the Great in the East (CAS XL343 / GRS XL743)


Persian Poetry at the Indian Frontier: Masud Sad Salman of Lahore (2000)

Recent Articles:

‘The Spring of Hindustan’: Love and War in the Monsoon in Indo-Persian Poetry

The Chameleonic Identities of Mohan Lal Kashmiri and His Travels in Persianate Lands.


The Ottoman Turkish Zenanname (‘Book of Women’)

‘The Flower Garden’ (Phulban), An Illustrated Dakhni Romance

The History of Akbar: Indo-Persian for a New Audience


Sunil Sharma’s CV

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