About Me

I am Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral research fellow in the Humanities at the University of Toronto. My doctoral research was on “trauma literature,” focusing on contemporary Middle East, for which I won the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the American Comparative Literature Association’s Bernheimer Prize at 2018. I am not exactly a scholar of Islamic Studies, but have an insatiable curiosity about anything and everything Islamic. I am a native speaker of Persian and also dabble at Arabic (only the MSA, can’t understand a word of colloquial, alas).

This podcast is my second project of this kind. My first podcast is called Reading Ferdowsi (in Persian فردوسی خوانی) in which I read the Iranian classic epic, The Book of Kings, or Shahnamah.

The easiest way to contact me is via Twitter. I have two accounts, an exclusively Persian one (@readingferdowsi), and the other in English (@acuriousmuslim).

The music for this podcast is from Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, courtesy of musopen.org.