Stephan Popp

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Dr Stephan Popp, born 1969, graduated from Iranian Studies, Arab Studies and adult education at Bamberg University, Germany. In his thesis “Muhammad Iqbal’s Romanticism of Power”, he dealt with the discourses prevailing in the Persian poems of the philosopher and posthumous Pakistani national poet, as well as with their rhetorical conveyance, using structuralist and post-structuralist methods of analysis. He also took Indology as a minor for his doctoral exams.

His first post-doc project was on the Bahmani sultanate of South India (1347–1509) at Bamberg University, Germany. He first worked at a research post at the Viennese Institute of Iranian Studies on the concept of history of the chroniclers of the South Indian sultanate of Bijapur (1490–1686). Then he undertook a search for relevant sources on modernizing literature in Iran and Afghanistan. From February 2012 to January 2015, he was employed at the Institute of Iranian Studies on a research project on “The Chronicles of Shah Jahan”, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). This project examined the development of the Mughal Empire under Emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–58), the constructor of the Taj Mahal, and the depiction of his state in the chronicles of his time.


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