Shahzad Bashir is Lysbeth Warren Anderson Professor in Islamic Studies in Stanford's Department of Religious Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His work focuses on the intellectual and social histories of Persianate societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa fourteenth century CE to the present. His publications are concerned with the study of Sufism and Shi’ism, messianic movements originating in Islamic contexts, representation of corporeality in hagiographic texts and Persian miniature paintings, religious developments during the Timurid and Safavid periods, and modern transformations of Islamic societies
He is currently working on two major projects. The first is a book, entitled Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations, aims to critique the way Islamic history has been conceptualized in modern scholarship and suggests alternatives, with emphasis on the multiplicity of temporal configurations found in Islamic materials. The second project, tentatively entitled Building the Past: Memory, Metaphor, and Reality in Persianate Islamic Societies, provides a cultural history based on assessing materials produced circa 1400-1600 CE that claim to represent the past.
His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was named an inaugural Andrew F. Carnegie Fellow for the academic year 2015-16.