Audrey Truschke

I am currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University and Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Rutgers University-Newark. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies in May 2012. During the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in History and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

My first book, titled Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in February 2016. My research interests include Sanskrit, Persian, Mughal history, translation studies, and cross-cultural interactions. See my CV and my page for more detailed professional information.


Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Available from CUP and Amazon. Indian edition by Allen Lane, 2016, available from

“Contested History: Brahmanical Memories of Relations with the Mughals.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58.4 (2015): 419-452. download

“Indo-Persian Translations: A Disruptive Past.” Seminar 671 (July 2015). link

“Regional Perceptions: Writing to the Mughal Court in Sanskrit.” In Cosmopolitismes en Asie du Sud. Sources, itinéraires, langues (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle), edited by Corinne Lefèvre, Ines Županov, and Jorge Flores, 251-74. Paris, Editions de l’EHESS, 2015. download

“Dangerous Debates: Jain Responses to Theological Challenges at the Mughal Court.” Modern Asian Studies 49.5 (2015): 1311-1344. download

“Defining the Other: An Intellectual History of Sanskrit Lexicons and Grammars of Persian.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 40.6 (2012): 635-668. download

“Setting the Record Wrong: A Sanskrit Vision of Mughal Conquests.” South Asian History and Culture 3.3 (2012): 373-396. download 

Cosmopolitan Encounters: Sanskrit and Persian at the Mughal Court, PhD Dissertation, Columbia University. link

“The Mughal Book of War: A Persian Translation of the Sanskrit Mahabharata.Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 31.2 (2011): 506-520. download

JAINpedia articles on Jainism and Islam: Jainism and Islam Overview (link), Jains and the Delhi Sultanate (link), Jains and the Mughals (link), and Jains and Muslim Iconoclasm (link).

Book Reviews

Review of Deven M. Patel, Text to Tradition: The Naishadiyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia. International Journal of Hindu Studies 20.1 (2016): 120-122. download

Review of A. Azfar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam. International Journal of Middle East Studies 46.4 (2014): 809-811. download

“Review of Munis D. Faruqui, The Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504–1719.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 76.3 (2013): 543-545. download

Public Presentations Available Online

“A Persianate Empire? Sanskrit Literature and Literati at the Mughal court, 1560-1660.” Center for South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, February 12, 2014. link

“Redefining Islamicate Knowledge: Abu al-Fazl’s Persian Account of Indian Learning.” Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University, California, November 21, 2013. link, audio only

Popular Articles

“The Great Mughal Whitewash.” India Today, March 10, 2016. here

“It is High Time to Discard the Pernicious Myth of India’s Medieval Muslim ‘Villains’.” The Wire, January 9, 2016. here

“What We Can Learn From India’s Medieval Past.” The Wire, September 20, 2015. here

Media Coverage of My Work

 “Stanford Scholar Casts New Light on Hindu-Muslim Relations.” Stanford News, September 9, 2015. here

Interview with Audrey Truschke. The Hindu. September 14, 2015. here

© Audrey Truschke 2015