Hadi Jorati, Assistant Professor of History & Near Eastern Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst
In this talk, Professor Jorati will put the narratives of the Mongol Campaigns in the West and the establishment of the Ilkhanate under scrutiny, with a focus on the career of the thirteenth century mathematician, Nasir al-Din Tusi. By examining the role of Tusi in high scholarly circles and their relationship to high administration of the Mongol campaign and the early Ilkhanate, Jorati aims to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the establishment of the Maragheh observatory complex.
Hadi Jorati is a historian of Pre-modern Islamic societies, with a focus on Intellectual History and History of Science. A former research mathematician, trained in the philology of Classical languages of the Islamic tradition, with extensive work experience in Islamic manuscripts, Jorati earned his PhD in the History of Culture of the Islamic Societies, from Yale. Winner of the Julian J. Oberman award for his dissertation, Professor Jorati's other accolades include awards and fellowships from the European Research Council, University of Tübingen, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of History; History and Sociology of Science; Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations