Institut für Kunstgeschichte




  • Isfahan and its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi‘ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2008). Winner of the 2009 Middle East Studies Association, Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award.
  • Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran, co-author with Kathryn Babayan, Ina Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (London: I.B. Tauris, 2004).
  • Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Marie Lukens Swietochowski (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989).
  • Persian edition of Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Tarahi-ha-ye Irani dar muoze-ye honar-e Metropolitan, translated by Hossayn Rahmat Samiee, edited by Mohammad Hasan Semsar. Tehran: Entesharat-e Zariran, 1383/2004-05.
  • “Voices of Authority: Locating the ‘modern’ in ‘Islamic’ Arts,” Getty Research Journal (forthcoming issue #4)
  • “The Safavid Empire of Persia: ‘The Padshah of the Inhabited Quarter of the Globe,’ in The Great Empires of Asia, edited by Jim Masselos (Thames and Hudson, 2010).
  • “Visual Vestiges of Travel: Persian Windows on European Weaknesses,” Journal of Early Modern History 13 (2009), pp. 1-32.
  • “Painting as Performance.” Introductory essay for the catalogue of an exhibition of work by Reza Derakhshani, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, January 2009.
  • “Isfahan xi. Monuments.” Encyclopaedia Iranica 14: 2007, pp. 6-40.
  • “The Ali Qapu Palace.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed. Brill: Leiden (2007).
  • “In the Eye of the Storm: Visualizing the Qajar Axis of Kingship.” In L. Komaroff, ed.,  Pearls from Water, Rubies from Stone: Studies in Islamic Art in Honor of Priscilla Soucek, pp. 35-54. Artibus Asiae (special volume) LXVI, No. 2: 2006.
  • “Launching from Isfahan: Slaves and the Construction of the Empire.” In S. Babaie, K. Babayan, I. Baghdiantz-McCabe, and M. Farhad, eds., Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran, pp. 80-113. London: I.B. Tauris, 2004.
  • “Building on the Past: The Shaping of Safavid Architecture, 1501-76.” In J. Thompson and S. Canby, eds., Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Iran, 1501-76, pp. 20-27. London and New York: The British Museum and The Asia Society, 2003
  • “Building for the Shah: The Role of Mirza Muhammad Taqi in Safavid Royal Patronage of Architecture.” In S. Canby, ed., Safavid Art and Architecture, pp. 20-27. London: The British Museum, 2002.
  • “The Sound of the Image/The Image of the Sound: Narrativity in Persian Art of the 17th Century.” In O. Grabar and C. Robinson, eds.,  Islamic Art and Literature, pp. 143-162. Princeton Papers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (special volume): 2001.
  • “The Persian Text” (translation and emendation of the Persian inscriptions in the Morgan Crusader Bible). In D. H. Weiss, ed., The Morgan Crusader Bible, pp. 77-102. Faksimile Verlag Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland and Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 1999.
  • “Masjid-i Shah” [Royal Mosque].”  Da’irat al-ma’arif-i buzurg-i Islami [The Great Islamic Encyclopaedia] 9: 1999, pp. 198-201 [in Persian].
  • “Epigraphy iv. Safavid and Later Inscriptions,” Encyclopaedia Iranica 8: 1998, pp. 498-504.
  • “Paradise Contained; Nature and Culture in Persian Gardens.” The Studio Potter 25, no. 2, June 1997, pp. 10-13.
  • “Shah Abbas II, the Conquest of Qandahar, the Chihil Sutun, and its Wall Paintings.” Muqarnas 11 (1994), pp. 125-142.
  • Catalogue entries in Arte Islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York, catalogue of the exhibition at the Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City. Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York and Mexico City, 1994, pp. 64, 72, 82, 84, 86, 112, 114, 136, 158, 160, 166, 168, 186, 216, 242, 254, 264, 268.
  • Review of Layla Diba and Maryam Ekhtiar, eds., Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LVIII, No. 1-2, January-April 2001, pp. 284-292.
  • Review of Stephen P. Blake, Half the World. The Social Architecture of Safavid Isfahan, 1590-1722, in Iranian Studies 33/3-4, 2000, pp. 478-482.
  • Review of Abolala Soudavar, Art of Persian Courts, in Iranshenasi, Autumn 1995, pp. 620-624 [in Persian].
  • Review of Gülru Necipoglu, Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, in the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, vol. 28, no. 1, July 1994, pp. 122-123.
  • Review of Oleg Grabar, The Great Mosque of Isfahan, in Iranshenasi, Winter 1993, pp. 45-47.
  • Review of Johann Christoph Bürgel, The Feather of Simurgh; The “Licit Magic” of the Arts in Medieval Islam, in Iranshenasi, Fall 1993, pp. 27-30.
  • Review of Lisa Golombek and Donald Wilber, The Timurid Architecture of Iran and Turan, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, May 1991, pp. 246-249.