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Dr. Anna Kollatz

Affiliated Researcher

Anna Kollatz

University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Islamic Studies
Brühler Straße 7
D-53119 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 3945


Current position

Board member of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1167) “Macht und Herrschaft. Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive” [‘Macht‘ and 'Herrschaft‘. Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective)];
Postdoc in the sub-project “Imperial Representation and Ceremonial at the Mughal Court”


Anna Kollatz works on the Mughal Empire and the Indian Subcontinent up to the 18th Century. Her interest lies in ethnic and religious diversity, the functions of historiographic writing and in forms of dependencies in the pre-modern and early modern times. In the context of her work on the Mughal and late Mughal courts, she focuses on social relations and dependencies between the ruler and free as well as enslaved nobles. Her work includes both the elite circles at court as well as a micro-historical perspective on subaltern military slaves and their masters.

1 book, 7 academic papers and 2 reviews. 12 international lectures and presentations.


  • 2011–2015       Ph.D. Studies in Islamic Studies, Bonn International Graduate Schools – Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS),
                             University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2003–2011       M.A. Studies in Islamic Studies, Arabic History and Literature, Political Science, University of Halle-Wittenberg,

Academic Positions

  • 2011–present  Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2010                Student Assistant, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


  • 2015                Stipend Maria-von-Linden Program, University of Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • Member of Bonner Zentrum für Transkulturelle Narratologie (Bonn Center for Transcultural Narratology)
  • Board member of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1167) “Macht und Herrschaft. Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive” [‘Macht‘ and 'Herrschaft‘. Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective)]

Selected Publications

  • ʿAbd al-Saṭṭār. In: David Thomas, John Chestwood (eds.): Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History Vol. 11. Leiden 2017, pp. 134–140.
  • Inspiration und Tradition. Strategien zur Beherrschung von Diversität am Mogulhof und ihre Darstellung in Maǧālis-i Ǧahāngīrī (ca. 1608-11) von ʿAbd al-Sattār b. Qāsim Lāhōrī. [Inspiration and Tradition. Ways of Mastering Diversity at the Mughal court and its Representation in the Majalis-i Jahangiri by Abd al-Sattar b. Qasim Lahori]. Berlin 2016.
  • Die Zeit der Mamlukenherrscher 1250-1517. [The Time of the Mamluk Sultanate, 1250-1517]. In: Bernd Lemke, Stefan Brenner (eds.): Wegweiser zur Geschichte – Irak und Syrien. Paderborn 2016, pp. 37–44.
  • Der Kaiser als Kitt der Gesellschaft. Kontingenzbewältigung durch Herrscher-Apotheose in der frühen Regierungszeit Ǧahāngīrs (r. 1605-1627). [The Emperor as Cement of Society. Coping Contingency in the early reign of Jahangir]. In: Das Mittelalter 20/1 (2015), pp. 96–114.
  • Kompilation als Wandlungsprozess. Von Maǧālis-i Ǧahāngīrī zum Ǧahāngīrnāma. [Compilation as a Transformation Process. From Majalis-i Jahangiri to Jahangirnama]. In: Stephan Conermann (ed.): Innovation oder Plagiat? Kompilationstechniken in der Vormoderne. Berlin 2015, pp. 75–126.
  • Der Kaiser als Kitt der Gesellschaft. Integration in Mogul-Indien. [The Emperor as Cement of Society: Integration in Mughal India]. In: Südasien 35, 3-4 (2015), pp. 85–89.
  • The Creation of a Saint Emperor: Retracing Narrative Strategies of Mughal Legitimation and Representation in Majālis-i Jahāngīrī by ʿAbd al-Sattār b. Qāsim Lāhōrī (ca. 1608-11). In: Stephan Conermann, Jim Rheingans (eds.): Narrative Pattern and Genre in Hagiographic Life writing: Comparative Perspectives from Asia to Europe. Berlin 2014, pp. 227–266.
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