• Rao Mohsin Ali Noor

    Historian of Islam in the Middle East


  • Assistant Professor of Early Modern Ottoman History, Johns Hopkins University

    I was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and received a BA (Hons) in History from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2014. I received my doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) from the University of Chicago in 2022.


    I am currently Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

  • Projects and Interests

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    Current Book Project

    Cosmic Sovereignties: The Embodied Turn in Ottoman Religion and Politics


    My current book project explores the transformation of early modern Ottoman religio-political and religio-social thought and practice between the late 16th and early 18th century. It shows how, in this pivotal period characterized by economic, political, ecological, and law and order crises in the Ottoman Empire, an increased preoccupation with mystical-occult forms of embodied religion manifested itself at the level of the court in Istanbul, as well as at the level of broader Ottoman society in the Anatolian and Balkan provinces. Whilst until now scholars have used the state archives to shed light on the impact of “the 17th century crisis” on the Ottoman state’s policing and resource extraction efforts, this project uses mystical-occultist texts and talismanic objects to shed light on the complex religious dimensions of this period.