Area of Focus
Medieval and early modern history of the Islamic world; Shi'i intellectual history; Islamic mysticism; messianic currents in Islam.
Current Research and Forthcoming Projects:
This focuses on the still insufficiently studied esoteric aspects of Shi’i Islam. It contains an extensive annotated translation of selected traditions from the Kitab al-hujja (Book of the Proof), which constitutes the central part of the monumental collection of sayings attributed to the historical imams of the Twelver line and titled Kitab al-Kafi (the Sufficient Book) by the prominent Shi’i scholar Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (d. 328/939-940 or 329/940-941). The Kitab al-Kafi is also an important part of Ismaili spiritual and intellectual heritage.