BA (U. Regina), MA (McGill U.); PhD (U. Toronto)
Colin Mitchell teaches in the Dalhousie History program, with a cross-appointment to Religious Studies. After his MA in Islamic Studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies (McGill) in 1995, he completed a PhD in History at the University of Toronto in 2002.
Professor Mitchell is primarily a historian of Safavid Iran (1501-1722), but has also written on Mughal India and Timurid Iran/Central Asia. He has worked on the intersection of court politics, literature, and religion with a emphasis on chancellery practices and the Persian belletristic tradition. He is currently researching princely succession practices in the early modern Islamicate lands, as well as examining the iconography of Old Testament prophets in medieval and early modern Persianate literary and religious culture.