Audrey Truschke

I am currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. from Columbia University in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) 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 dissertation is entitled Cosmopolitan Encounters: Sanskrit and Persian at the Mughal Court (available online here) and analyzes the imperial intersections of North India’s two high literary cultures in the early modern period. My first book, entitled Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in January 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.


“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 online Firstview (2015): 1-34. 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

“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 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

© Audrey Truschke 2015