For the Study of the History, Languages, and Cultures of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Gennady is a DPhil student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies whose research interests lie at the intersection of history, philology, and manuscript studies with a particular focus on West Asia. Prior to coming to Oxford, he received a BSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (2009), an MPhil in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge (2016) as well as spent three years pursuing a doctoral degree in history at the University of Maryland, College Park.
For his dissertation he is working on the first-person narrative of the Safavid Shah Ṭahmāsp I often referred to as his autobiography, or memoirs. Through the examination of the corpus of more than a dozen manuscripts, produced over three centuries and stored in libraries in half a dozen countries, and by focusing on themes of historiography, instruction, and memory, he hopes to offer a comprehensive study of this textual tradition. Thereby, he seeks to add nuance to the scholarly understanding of the persona of the longest reigning monarch in Iran’s history as well as to shed light on how he came to be remembered by the subsequent Safavid generations.