Jean Arzoumanov

Jean is looking straight on at the camera and there is a hill and a lake in the background.
Rocher Postdoctoral Fellow

As a historian of early modern and modern Persianate intellectual history in South Asia, I work on textual encounters between Islamicate and Indic cultures. In 2021, I obtained my PhD in South Asian Studies from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 with a dissertation on the representation of Indian sects and ascetics in Indo-Persian literature between the Mughal and colonial periods (16th-19th centuries). Building on this research in my forthcoming book, I study the involvement of non-Muslim literati in Persian literary production, and more particularly in the development of Hindu devotional literature in Persian. In a forthcoming article, I also analyze in depth the only known two Persian translations of Jain texts, dating from 1796. My other areas of interest include the history of astral sciences in early modern South Asia, and I have published several articles on the astronomical and astrological works of Mullā Farīd and Mullā Ṭayyib, two brothers active in the early 17th century. I am also currently working on a partial translation of the Tašrīḥ al-aqvām, a Persian ethnographic compendium composed in 1825 in North India.

2021 PhD, South-Asian Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

2016 BA., Bengali, INALCO (Paris)

2013 MPhil., Asian Studies, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris)

2011 MA., Indo-European Linguistics, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris)

2011 BA., Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

2010 BA., Philosophy, Panthéon Sorbonne – Paris 1

2009-2015 Student (élève normalien) at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris)

forthcoming, “Persian as a Hindu interreligious translation medium in eighteenth-century North India: Jain philosophy through the eyes of a Persophone Brahman,” Journal of Persianate Studies

2023, “Persian garlands of stars: Islamicate and Indic astral sciences in seventeenth-century North India,” Journal of South Asian Intellectual History, 5(2), 183-216.

2023, with Anuj Misra, “Calendars, compliments, and computations: A comparative survey of the canon in the persian zīj of Šāh Jahān and its Sanskrit translation, the Siddhāntasindhu,” History of Science in South Asia, 11, 84-209