Colin Mitchell

Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator; Director, Minor in Middle East Studies

C. Mitchell Fall 2018


Phone: 902-494-2788
Fax: 902-494-3499
Mailing Address: 
Room 2169, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Medieval and early modern Islamic history
  • Intellectual history
  • Religious history
  • Euro-Islamic contacts
  • Persian history
  • Iranian history
  • Medieval history of South Asia


  • BA (Regina)
  • MA (McGill)
  • PhD (Toronto)

Select publications

  • New Perspectives on Safavid Iran:  Empire and Society (ed.). Iranian Studies Series, London:  Routledge, 2011.
  • The Practice of Politics in Safavid Iran:  Power, Religion and Rhetoric. London:  I. B. Tauris, 2009.
  • Sir Thomas Roe and the Mughal Empire. Karachi: University of Karachi, Area Study Centre of Europe, 2000.
  • "Persian Rhetoric in the Safavid Context:  A 16th-century Nürbakhshiyya Treatise on Insha."  In eds. W. Hanaway and B. Spooner. Literacy in the Persianate World: Writing and the Social Order.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2012, pp. 196-231.
  • "Am I My Brother's Keeper?  Negotiating Corporate Sovereignty and Divine Absolutism in Sixteenth-Century Turco-Iranian Politics."  In New Perspectives on Safavid Iran:  Empire and Society.  Ed. Colin P. Mitchell.  London:  Routledge, 2011, pp. 33-58.

Awards and honours

  • 2012-2015 SSHRC Insight Grant - "Ruling from a Red Canopy:  Princely States and Governates in the Perso-Islamic World, 1000-1700"
  • Recipient of Honorable Mention for the Middle East Studies Association's 2010 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award
  • 2002-2004 SSHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2002-2003 Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Persian history and culture, Society for the  Humanities, Cornell University
  • 2002 Honorable Mention - Dissertation Award of Foundation for Iranian Studies

Teaching 2019-2020

  • HIST 1910(02)F - Life Stories Seminar (2019-2020 Topic:  Saladin:  a Muslim Crusader)
  • HIST 2509F - Hindu, Muslim, Sikh:  Identity, Culture and State in the Pre Colonial South Asia
  • HIST 2510W - Hindu, Muslim, Sikh:  Locating the Trauma of Modern South Asia
  • HIST 3512F - Topics in Global History (2016-2017 Topic:  History of Muslim Culture in South Asia)
  • HIST 5800 - The Masters Seminar - For History Students Only.

Office Hours Winter Term 2020

  • Fridays:  1:30-3:30