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 Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) Department 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 research interests more broadly include Sanskrit, Persian, Mughal history, translation studies, and cross-cultural interactions. See my CV and my page for more detailed professional information.


“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 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 2013