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Matthew Thomas Miller


Assistant Professor of Persian Literature and Digital Humanities at Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland, College Park


  1. Course: Sex, Love, and Desire in Persian Poetry


  2. Course: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamic World

    [Note: First taught in Spring 2017, revised Fall 2018] …


  3. Course: The Islamicate World 2.0: Studying Islamic Cultures through Computational Textual Analysis


  4. Course: Introduction to Global Digital Humanities


  5. List of Persian-related Sessions at the 2016 Modern Language Association Convention


  6. Course: Introduction to Persian Literature in Translations

    [Note: First taught in Spring 2015, revised Fall 2017] …


  7. New Course: Lyrics of Mystical Love, East and West

    Lyrics of Mystical Love: East and West is a journey through the mystical love poetry of some of the world’s most important mystical poets: Rumi, Ibn ‘Arabi, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Ávila, amongst many others. Like any journey, this journey will require certain preparations and provisions. We will need to prepare ourselves for this adventure by studying the religious, social, and political contexts in which these mystical poets wrote (e.g. Ernst) and also discuss some of the (theoretical) pitfalls that others have identified along the route (e.g., King). Ultimately, however, this journey is a poetic journey. In other words, the class and its projects will primarily revolve around visits to the poetic worlds of different poets. We will examine the work of each poet through a variety of different lens of literary analysis (e.g., Culler) and also read a number of works that exemplify the literary approach to analysis of mystical poetry (e.g., Keshavarz, Sells). …


  8. 'The Kite Runner' Critiqued: New Orientalism Goes to the Big Screen