Elaheh Kheirandish

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Postdoctoral Associate, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University

Center Associate
Islamic and European Intellectual History
Islamic and Iranian Studies
Digital Humanities
Arabic and Persian Literature
Current Project
"The Sciences of the Late Middle Ages through Post-Mongol Period Sources (ca. 1250-1500s)"
Foreign Language


, History of Science
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

“The Arabic Version of Euclid’s Optics: Kitāb Uqlīdis fī Ikhtilāf al-manāir,” Edited and Translated with Historical Introduction and Commentary, 2 volumes, Springer-Verlag: Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, no. 16, 1999.

“Sciences, Crafts, and the Production of Knowledge: Iran and Eastern Islamic Lands (ca. 184–1153 AH/800–1740 CE),” Special Issue of Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, Volume 41 Issue 4, 433, London: Routledge, September 2008.

“The Mixed Mathematical Sciences: Optics and Mechanics in the Islamic Middle Ages,” in The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 2, Medieval Science, ed. David C. Lindberg and Michael H. Shank,(Cambridge UP, 2013) 84–108.

“Optics and Perspective in and Beyond the Islamic Middle Ages: A Study of Transmission through Multidisciplinary Sources in Arabic and Persian,” in Renaissance Cultures of Optics and Practices of Perspective, ed. Sven Dupré and Jeanne Peiffer (Brepols, forthcoming).