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Jonathan Brack

Assistant Professor

Ph.D, University of Michigan, 2016
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Asian History; Global History; Middle Eastern and North African History; Medieval and Early Modern European History

Thematic Field(s):  Religious History; War and Empire in History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Mongol Empire, Central Asia, Iran, Comparative Empires, History of Religions and Conversion


Jonathan Brack is a historian of medieval and early modern Iran and the Mongol Empire. His research focuses on religious exchanges, conversion, and comparative empires. His first book is An Afterlife for the Khan: Muslims, Buddhists, and Sacred Kingship in Mongol Iran and Eurasia (University of California Press, 2023). He coedited the volume Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia: Generals, Merchants, and Intellectuals (University of California Press, 2020).

Before coming to Northwestern, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is currently working on his second book, which explores the relationship between science and religion in Mongol dominated Eurasia. Another project examines the place of Judaism and narratives about the Israelites in Islamic Persianate empires, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, and from Iran to Central Asia and India.