Co-President, Harvard Iranian Student Association
Farhad is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the joint History and Middle Eastern Studies degree program. He explores thought and trends at the intersection of the early modern and modern periods in the Middle East, particularly in Iran and Iraq. Currently for his dissertation project, Farhad is exploring the early philosophers during the Qajar period, to attempt to flesh out early Islamic thought in Iran at the turn of the nineteenth century. This involves investigating the texts, including unexamined manuscripts in the areas of philosophy, theology and mysticism of this early Qajar period in order to gain a better understanding of the thought and intellectual debates of this late post-classical, pre-modern period. The project follows his co-translation of a Persian article on Sabzawari for the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. He also has interest in Islamic art history, contributing to a volume on a rare Qajar album’s religious trends, including analysis of its Sufis and dervishes. Among Farhad's primary research interests are Islamic and Iranian intellectual history, mysticism/Sufism, anti-Sufism, Shi'ism, Qajar Iran, ecumenical thought in Islam and historiography. Farhad holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (2009) as well as an M.A. from the University of Chicago (2012).