Beatrice Forbes Manz

Beatrice Forbes Manz is an American historian of the Middle East and Central Asia who specializes in nomads and the Timurid dynasty. She currently works as a professor of history at Tufts University.[1] Her 1989 book The Rise and Rule of Tamerlane is considered one of the most authoritative accounts of the career of the conqueror Timur.[2][3]

She received a bachelor's from Harvard University in 1970 and a master's in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Michigan in 1974, then returned to Harvard for a doctorate in Inner Asian and Altaic studies which she received in 1983.[1] She is a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society[4] and, as of 2014, president of the American Institute of Iranian Studies.[5]

She is the child of William H. Forbes and the well-known endocrinologist Anne Pappenheimer Forbes.[6]

Her publications include:

Beatrice Manz speaks French, German, Russian, Persian, some Turkish, and Arabic.

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  1. ^ a b "Beatrice Manz, chair". Tufts University. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  2. ^ Fragner, Bert (2000). "La Civiltà Timuride Come Fenomeno Internationale by Michele Bernardini". Iranian Studies. 33 (3/4). JSTOR 4311399.
  3. ^ Melville, Charles (April 2010). "Beatrice Forbes Manz, Power, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran". Speculum. 85 (2): 429–30. doi:10.1017/S0038713410000497.
  4. ^ "The MHS Welcomes 13 New Fellows". Massachusetts Historical Society. 7 December 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Annual newsletter, 2013" (PDF). American Institute of Iranian Studies. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Dr. Anne Forbes, 80, Endocrinology Pioneer". The New York Times. 29 February 1992. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  7. ^ Irwin, Robert (12 January 1990). "Conqueror at large". The Times Literary Supplement: 28.
  8. ^ "Middle East Studies Association". Middle East Studies Association. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014.