Submitted by Monica M. Ringer on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 10:41 AM


1998    Ph.D., Middle Eastern History, University of California, Los Angeles.

1992    M.A., Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

1988    B.A., European History, Oberlin College.


Selected Publications

Submitted by Monica M. Ringer on Saturday, 1/13/2024, at 4:26 AM


God’s Intent: Islamic Modernism and the Re-enchantment of the Sacred. (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

Ottoman Culture and the Project of Modernity: Reform and Translation in the Tanzimat Novel. Co-edited with Etienne Charrière. (I.B. Tauris, 2020).

Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi. Translated with Melih Levi. (Syracuse University Press, 2016.)

Pious Citizens: Reforming Zoroastrianism in India and Iran, (Syracuse University Press, 2011).

Amuzesh va goftoman-e eslah-e farhangi dar dowran-e Qajar, (Persian translation of 2001 book). (Tehran: Qoqnus Publishers, 2002).

Education, Religion and the Discourse of Cultural Reform in Qajar Iran, (Mazda, 2001).

 Publications: Articles

“Beyond Binaries: Ahmet Midhat’s Prescriptive Modern,” in (eds.) Monica M. Ringer and Etienne Charièrre, Modernity in Ottoman Literature: Reform and the Tanzimat Novel (I.B. Tauris, 2020).

“Gataullah Baiazitov: An Islamic Modernist in Russia,” in James Quill, A Tatar Imam’s Refutation of Ernest Renan’s Lecture on “Islam and Science,” (Indiana University Press, 2017).

“The Al-Afghani-Renan Debate, Reconsidered,” (co-authored with A. Holly Shissler), Iran Nameh, 30:3 (Fall, 2015).

“Dar al-Fonun,” in Encyclopedia of Islam, 3rd edition, (2013).

“Iranian Nationalism and Zoroastrian Identity: Between Cyrus and Zoroaster” (eds.) Abbas Amanat and Farzin Vejdani, Iran Facing Others: Iranian Identity Boundaries and Modern Political Culture, (Palgrave, 2012).

 “Kay Khosrow Shahrokh: Rational Religion and Citizenship in Iran,” Irannameh (Spring 2011).

“Reform Transplanted: Parsi Agents of Change amongst Zoroastrians in Nineteenth-Century Iran,” Iranian Studies 42 (4 September 2009).

“Rethinking Religion: Progress and Morality in the Early 20th century Women’s Press,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 24, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 49-57.

“Negotiating Modernity: Ulama and the Discourse of Modernity in Nineteeth-Century Iran,” in (ed.) Ramin Jahanbegloo, Iran Between Tradition, Modernity and Postmodernity, (Lexington Books, 2004).

Entries on Islam, in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, in (ed.) John Esposito, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

“The Quest for the Secret of Strength in Iranian Nineteenth-Century Travel Literature: Rethinking Tradition in the Safarnameh,” in Iran and the Surrounding World 1501-2001: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics, (eds.) Nikki Keddie and Rudi Matthee, (University of Washington Press, 2002).

 “Madares-e Novvin dar Iran-e Qarn-e Nuzdahom (New Schools in 19th-Century Iran: The Indigenous Approach),” in Irannameh vol. XVIII, (2 Spring 2000).

“The Discourse on Modernization and the Problem of Cultural Integrity in Nineteenth-Century Iran,” in Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (eds). Rudi Matthee and Beth Baron (Mazda, 2000). 

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Rethinking Religion: Progress and Morality in the Early Twentieth-Century Iranian Women's Press (2004).