Jonathan Miran, PhD

Professor, Humanities History of Culture Minor Advisor, Religion & Culture Minor Advisor, Arabic & Islamic Studies Minor Advisor



Ph.D. History, Michigan State University


Jonathan Miran is a historian of Africa and the Islamic world. His research focuses on the social, religious and cultural history of Muslims and their institutions and practices in Northeast Africa, especially Eritrea and Ethiopia. He has also developed interests in the history of the Red Sea region from a broader regional and maritime perspective that draws on and converses with trans-local, transregional and global history approaches.  Miran is the author of Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa (Indiana U.P., 2009) and currently serves as General Editor of the journal Northeast African Studies.  He is also a member of several editorial boards, including the boards of Africa. Rivista semestrale di studi e ricerche, Arabian HumanitiesRassegna di Studi Etiopici,  and Rivista italiana di storia internazionale. Dr. Miran teaches classes on Islam and the Islamic world, on the history and cultural traditions of Africa, and on the Indian Ocean area.

Research Interests

  • Northeast Africa; Islam in Africa; Indian Ocean world; transnational / transregional history; migration; Italian colonialism