Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in Islam
Mimi Hanaoka teaches Islam and Islamic history. Her first book is a comparative historiographical study of medieval Persian, Anatolian, and Arab local histories that examines how authors claim religious and political authority and legitimacy. Her current research project examines inter-Asian connections between the Middle East and Japan during the late 19th and early 20th century. Her research interests center on the formation and articulation of Muslim identity, local histories, dream theory, Persian and Arabic historiography, Middle East-Japan relations, and models and concepts of modernity in Islamic societies. Her teaching interests include dreams and visions in Islam, saints and sinners in Islamic literature, Islamic mysticism, Qur’an and hadith, Persian history, and Islam in America.
Authority and Identity in Medieval Islamic Historiography: Persian Histories from the Peripheries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract.
“Perspectives from the Peripheries: Strategies for ‘Centering’ Persian Histories from the ‘Peripheries.’" Forthcoming in the Journal of Persianate Studies.
“Visions of Muhammad in Bukhara and Tabaristan: Dreams and Their Uses in Persian Local Histories,” Iranian Studies 47:2 (March 2014): 289-303. DOI:
Encyclopedia entries: “Karbalaʾ,” “ʿAlids,” “Rashidun,” “Mawla,” and “Ulamaʾ.” In The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, edited by Eric Olin, Lisbeth Fried, Michael Satlow, and Jennifer Knust. New York: Routledge, under contract.
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