Sunil Sharma

Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature

  • Title Professor of Persianate & Comparative Literature
  • Office STH 639
  • Phone 617-358-6253
  • Education BA, New York University
    PhD, University of Chicago

On leave during Spring 2021.

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 last book, Mughal Arcadia: Persian Poetry in an Indian Court  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2017) is a study of early modern Persianate literature.

The output of a multi-year project entitled “Veiled Voyagers: Muslim Women Travelers from Asia and the Middle East” with Siobhan Lambert-Hurley (Sheffield University, UK) and Daniel Majchrowicz (Northwestern University) is forthcoming as A Tent of One’s Own: Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women (Indiana University Press). The book recovers, translates and analyzes 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.

He is the current president of The Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS).

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)

Copies of selected publications can be found here.


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

Mughal Arcadia: Persian Poetry in an Indian Court

Sunil Sharma’s CV

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