Mimi Hanaoka
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in Islam
Mimi Hanaoka teaches Islam and Islamic history. Her current research interests center on the formation and articulation of Muslim identity in early Islamic Persia. More specifically, she studies local histories, dream theory, traditions of the Prophet Muhammad and Persian and Arabic historiography. Her teaching interests include sacred space, saints and sinners in Islamic literature, Islamic mysticism, Qur’an and hadith, and Persian history.
“Visions of Muhammad in Bukhara and Tabaristan: Dreams and Their Uses in Persian Local Histories,”  Iranian Studies 47:2 (March 2014): 289-303.  DOI:
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Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Swarthmore College
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Areas of Expertise
Islamic history