History of Premodern Central Eurasia, Mongol Empire and Sciences
2015 Ph.D., Eurasian Studies, The University of Tokyo
2007 M.A., Asian History, Kobe University
2005 B.A., Asian History, Kobe University
Field of Study:
My research focuses on the exchange of knowledge in premodern Eurasia, especially in the two heydays of cross-cultural contact, that is, the periods of the Abbasid dynasty (750–1258) and the Mongol empire (1206–1368). My doctoral dissertation, Dialogue Concerning Two Astral Sciences: Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, a Sage of Cathay, and Their Chinese Calendar in the Zīj-i Īlkhānī (c. 1272 CE), elucidated the Mongol “imperial ideology” in knowledge production through a cross-cultural dialogue between a Muslim polymath and a “sage of Cathay,” focusing on a Chinese calendar described in a Persian astronomical handbook compiled in 13th-century Iran. Through this “astronomical dialogue,” I shed light upon the Mongols’ attitude to the local forms of knowledge and sciences they encountered and mobilized across their empire. I have also actively presented and published my research. I produced a text, translation and study of the 9th-century revision by Thābit ibn Qurra (c. 836–901) of the Arabic Data by Euclid (fl. 300 BCE), which resulted in a book co-authored with Nathan Sidoli: Thābit ibn Qurra’s Restoration of Euclid’s Data: Text, Translation, Commentary (Cham: Springer, 2018). Our study contributed to shifting the understanding of the Islamicate scientific tradition from a significant conduit between ancient and modern “Europe” to a fertile field of scientific achievements in its own right.
Recent Publications (Selected):Monographs:
(with Nathan Sidoli) Thābit ibn Qurra’s Restoration of Euclid’s Data: Text, Translation, Commentary. Cham:Springer, 2018.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
“Fu Mengzhi: “The Sage of Cathay” in Mongol Iran and Astral Sciences along the Silk Roads.” In Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, and Intellectuals, edited by M. Biran, J Brack & F. Fiaschetti, 238–254. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020.
“The Mongol Impact on Astronomy: The Differentiation of Astronomy in the Eastern and Western Islamicate World.” In Voices of Three Generations: Essays in Honor of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, edited by M. Faghfoory & K. O'Brien, 333–349. Chicago: Kazi Publications, 2019.
“Sino-Iranica in Pax Mongolica: The Elusive Participation of Syriac-Rite Christians in the Ilkhanid Translation Project.” In Marco Polo and the Silk Road (10th–14th Centuries), edited by Rong X. & Dang B., 341–362. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2019.
"Mongol Eurasia from the View of Astral Sciences : Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201–1274) as a Cultural Pivot." Shien: The Journal of Historical Studies 79/2 (2019): 88–114. (in Japanese)
(with Nathan Sidoli) “Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Comments on Euclid’s Data.” Historia Mathematica 47 (2019): 87–105.
(with Takashi Suga) “Reconstructing the Chinese-Hijri Calendar Conversion Table in the Ilkhanid Astronomical Handbook: Reconsidering the Inter-Dynastic Exchange of Astral Sciences in Mongol Eurasia.” In Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on “Historical Astronomical Records and Modern Science,” edited by M. Sôma & K. Tanikawa., 252–277. Tokyo: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 2019. (in Japanese)
(with Jyuh Fuh Lin) “Entangled Representation of Heaven: A Chinese Divination Text from a Tenth-Century Dunhuang Fragment (P. 4071).” Historia Scientiarum 26/3 (2017): 153–171.
(with Mitsuaki Endo) “Persian Transcription of Yuan Chinese in the History of China of the Jāmiʿ al-Tawārīkh (Ms. Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı, Hazine 1654).” The Economic Review 9 (2017): 123–161.
(with Mitsuaki Endo) “Yuan Phonology as Reflected in Persian Transcription in the Zīj-i Īlkhānī.” The Economic Review 8 (2016): 1–38.
“History of Science and Global History: Generating Puzzles to Reconsider Time, Space and a Science.” Journal of History of Science, Japan 53 (2014): 99–105. (in Japanese)
“The Tārīkh-i Qitā in the Zīj-i Īlkhānī: the Chinese Calendar in Persian.” SCIAMVS: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences 14 (2013): 149–258.
“History and Provenance of the “Chinese” Calendar in the Zīj-i Īlkhānī.” Tarikh-e Elm: Iranian Journal for the History of Science 8 (2009): 19–44.
“The Modification of the Twelve-Animal Cycle in the Cultural Sphere of Literary Persian: A Consideration of the Twelve-Animal Cycle of the Timurid Period.” The Shirin: The Journal of History 91/3 (2008): 42–73. (in Japanese)
Invited Lectures (Selected):
“Maragha across the Euphrates: The Observatory in Mamluk Sources.” The Sixth Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies. “Mamluks and Asia: Views from the East.” Tokyo: Waseda University, 16th June 2019.
“From Alamūt to Marāgha: Religious Polarization and Scientific Commonalization.” Mongol Empire Spring Series M.E.S.S. 2019 Workshop “Religions in Mongol Eurasia.” Vienna: University of Vienna, 15th May 2019.
“Sciences in Zomia: Nizārī Ismāʿīlī Movements (1090–1256) in the Iranian Plateau.” International Conference “Medieval Zomias: Stateless Spaces in the Global Middle Ages.” Oxford: University of Oxford, 9th February 2019.
“Drawing Chinese Astronomy within Islamicate Astral Tradition: A Way of Representing Otherness in Case of 14th-Century Iran.” The Lecture Series of the Department of History at Fudan University. Shanghai: Fudan University, 18th December 2018.
“Cross-Cultural Highway in Mongol Eurasia: Chinese Calendar in the Zīj-i Īlkhānī.” International Workshop “Persian Historical Materials and the Research of Mongolian and Yuan History in the 13th–14th Centuries.” Hohhot: Inner Mongolia University, 26th August 2018.
“The “Second” Impact on Chinese Astral Tradition: Islamicate Astral Knowledge in the Yuan-Ming Period.” 2018 Annual Conference of the Center for Global Asia “Eurasian Connection.” Shanghai: NYU Shanghai, 20th August 2018.
“Mesoscopic Analysis for the Global Middle Ages: The Ilkhanid Translation Project as a Case.” Project Workshop “The Resonant Middle Ages: Transmission of Political and Scientific Thoughts between Medieval Europe, Persia, and China in Global History.” Tokyo: Waseda University, 7th July 2018.
- Global History
- Persianate World
Grants and Fellowships:
- Ilkhanid Translation Project: Toward a Mesoscopic History of Mongol Eurasia (JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 2018–2019)
- Sophistication of Timekeeping in the 13th and 14th Centuries Persianate Societies (JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 2011–2014)
- Chinese Calendar in the Islamicate Astronomical Handbooks (Zījes) (JSPS: The Institutional Program for Young Researcher Overseas Visits at The University of Tokyo, 2012)
- Transmission of the Chinese Calendar into the Persianate World (JSPS: Excellent Young Researcher Overseas Visit Program, 2010–2011)
- Transmission of the Chinese Calendar into the Persianate World (JSPS: Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 2009–2011)
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