Anja Pistor-Hatam is Professor of Islamic Studies at Kiel University. Her main research interests focus on intellectual history, Twelver Shiite Islam and its holy sites, and modernisation discourses in Iran and the Ottoman Empire (C19th). Professor Pistor-Hatam has recently published a book on Iranian historiography regarding the Mongol Era. She is currently working on the question of “religious minorities” in the Islamic Republic of Iran. email: