Robert D. McChesney, Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, History

Areas of Research/Interest:

Early modern history of Iran and Central Asia.

External Affiliations:

Middle East Studies Association; Society for Iranian Studies; North American Historians of Islamic Art; Societas Iranologica Europaea; Editor, Iranian Studies.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1995; International Research and Exchanges Board, 1992.

  • “Reconstructing Balkh: The Vakfiya of 947/1540” Studies on Central Asian History, ed. Devin DeWeese (Bloomington 2001)
  • “Architecture and Narrative: The Khwaja Abu Nasr Shrine” Muqarnas, vol. 18 (2001) (Part One: Constructing the Complex and Its Meaning, 1469-1696) and vol. 19 (2002) (Part Two: Representing the Complex in Word and Image, 1696-1998)
  • “Zamzam Water on a White Felt Carpet: Adapting Mongol Ways in Muslim Central Asia, 1550-1650,” in Michael Gervers and Wayne Schlepp, eds.,Religion, Customary Law, and Nomadic Technology (Toronto, 2000)
  • Central Asia: Foundations of Change, 1997
  • “Central Asia in the 16th_18th centuries” and “Central Asia: Economy from the Timurids until the 12th/18th century,” Encyclopedia Iranica, 1992
  • Waqf in Central Asia: Four Hundred Years in the History of a Muslim Shrine, 1480-1889, 1991
  • “Economic and Social Aspects of the Public Architecture of Bukhara in the 1560’s and 1570’s,” Islamic Art, v. 2, 1987
  • “Four Sources on Shah Abbas’s Building of Isfahan,” Muqarnas, v. 5, 1988
  • “Waqf and public policy: The waqfs of Shah Abbas,” Asian and African Studies, v. 15, no. 2, 1981