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Faculty :: Rakhmon Inomkhojayev, PhD


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Senior specialist in Afghan languages, Developer, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR)
Lecturer, Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS)
Office: Eigenmann Hall 720
Phone: (812) 856-0854
E-mail: rinomkho@indiana.edu


Education:

- Doctor of Philology (Afghan literature). Degree was awarded by Supreme Attestation Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- Candidate of Philology. Degree was awarded by a special Committee of the Oriental Studies Institute of Academy of Sciences of USSR, Moscow
- Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, Faculty of Oriental Studies. Specialization: Afghan languages and literature.


    Academic Appointments:
  • Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR), Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. Pashto Language Developer and Lecturer.
  • Department of the Literature of Oriental Countries of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Chair of the Department.
  • Department of the Literature of Oriental Countries of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Professor.
  • Department of the Literature of Oriental Countries of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Associate Professor.
  • Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Vice-Rector for Graduate Studies Program.
  • Faculty of Oriental Philology of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Dean.
  • Center for Language Training of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Director.
  • "Raduga" Publishing House. Editor for the edition in Pashto language (part-time).
  • Department of Afghan Philology of Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Assistant Professor.
  • Center for Language Training of Tashkent State University, Senior Instructor.
  • Institute of Oriental Studies of Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Research fellow in a Department of Information for Social Sciences.



    PUBLICATIONS:

    Monographs:
  • "Mahmud Tarzi and Afghan Enlightenment Literature", 2004, Tashkent, 164 pages (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Articles about the Enlightenment Literature of Afghanistan", 1999, Tashkent, 190 pages. (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Turkic - Persian Bilingualism in the Literature of India in XVI Century”. 1993, Fan Publishing House, Tashkent, 209 pages. (In Russian Language)

  • Textbooks:
  • "Pashto. An Elementary Textbook". Vol. 1, 360 pages; Vol. 2, 318 pages. Georgetown University Press, 2011.
  • "Practical Manual on Persian-Tajik Aruz". Tashkent, 2007, 67 pages. (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Flowerbed of Stories. Stories in Dari Language of Afghanistan", 1994, Tashkent, 93 pages. (Reader book)
  • "Dictionary of Old Uzbek Writing", 1993, Tashkent, 287 pages. (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Textbook of Old Uzbek Writing", 1992, Tashkent, 129 pages. (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Humorous Miniatures in Pashto Language". 1989, Tashkent, 28 pages. (Reader book and glossary)
  • "Program for Learning Old Uzbek Writing Based on Arabic Alphabet", 1989, Tashkent, 96 pages. (In Uzbek Language)
  • "Modern Dari Literature of Afghanistan", Tashkent,1986, 100 pages. (Reader book and guidance)

  • Articles:
  • Altogether more than 60 Articles were published, among them overseas:
  • "Afganistan ve Turkiye - Atatürk Universitesi Turkiyat Arasmalari Enstitusu dergisi", 2001, Sayi: 17, Turkey (in Turkish)
  • "Establishing the Absolutist State and Forming the National Literature in Afghanistan", 2001, Indian literature, Sahitya Academy's bimonthly journal, No. 206, Nov.-Dec., New Delhi, India
  • "Early Enlightenment in Afghanistan and India", 1998, Contemporary Central Asia Vol. II, No. 3 Dec., New Delhi, India
  • "A Brief History of Learning of Persian Language in Uzbekistan", 1998, Journal of research of Central Asia and Caucasus, 3- 24, Tehran, Iran (in Persian)



    COURSES TAUGHT:

    Language Courses:
  • Pashto Language
  • Dari Language
  • Classical Dari
  • Old Uzbek writing based on Arabic alphabet

  • Content Courses:
  • Modern literature of Afghanistan
  • Introduction to literary criticism
  • Theory of literary studies
  • Classical Persian literature



    CONFERENCES AND LECTURES:

  • "Exploring the Effectiveness of the Distance Language Classroom". Presentation at the Annual NCOLCTL Conference at UW, Madison, April 7-10th, 2011. (Coauthor)
  • "Technology Assisted Teaching of Pashto Writing". Presentation at the 14 th Annual NCOLCTL Conference at UW, Madison, April 22-25th, 2010.
  • "Some Problems and Solutions of a Distance Language Class". The Sixteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference. February 28, 2009. Indiana University, Indiana, USA.
  • "Mahmud Tarzi on the Events of 1928-29 in Afghanistan". Presentation at the 9 th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, September 18-21, 2008.
  • "Methodological Approaches for Teaching Ergative Construction in Pashto". Presentation at the 11 th Annual NCOLCTL Conference at UW, Madison, April 24-27, 2008.
  • "A Unique Collection of Poems of Mahmud Tarzi in the Library of Bayazit in Turkey”. The Fifteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference. March 22-23, 2008. Indiana Unive5rsity, Indiana, USA.
  • "Pashto Script and Approaches for its Teaching", Presentation at the 9 th Annual NCOLCTL Conference at UW, Madison, April 27-30, 2006.
  • "Uzbek Literature of Afghanistan and its Cultural Context", Presentation at the Thirteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana University, April 8, 2006.
  • "Central- South Asia: History and Modernity," Presentation at the International Symposium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (2000)
  • "Enlightenment Literature and its Oriental Specification,” paper presented in Almati, Kasakhstan. (1999)
  • "East-West in Early Enlightenment Literature of Afghanistan,” paper presented at the International Scientific-Technical Conference “Cultural and Historical Processes in Eastern Countries of Transitional Period", Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (1998)
  • "Poems of Babur in Persian Language," paper presented at the International Seminar on “Persian Lexicography in the Indian Socio-Cultural context” Delhi, India. (1998)
  • "Early Enlightenment in Afghanistan and India," Presentation at the International Seminar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan . (1997)
  • "Turki-Persian Bilingualism in Indian Literature as One of the Aspects of the Central Asian-Indian Literary Links", paper presented at the International Conference on Central Asia and India, Delhi, India. (1995)


    Languages:
  • Uzbek - native
  • Pashto - fluent
  • Dari - fluent
  • Tajik - fluent
  • Russian - fluent
  • English - fluent


Short Biography:
Dr. Rakhmonkhoja Inomkhojaev was born in the Namangan region of Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Tashkent State University with a specialization in Afghan (Dari and Pashto) languages and literature. In 1980, he defended his thesis, "Turkic-Persian bilingualism in the literature of India and poetry of Bayramkhan," at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of USSR, Moscow, and was awarded the degree of Candidate of Philology. In 2005, he defended a thesis, "Conditions of the development of principles and aesthetic foundations of Afghan enlightenment literature," at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philology. During the years 1970–2005 he was a specialist in Afghan languages and literature at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, Tashkent State University, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, taught Pashto, Dari languages and modern Afghan literature; served as director of the Center for Language Training, dean of the Faculty of Oriental Philology, Vice Rector of the Graduate Studies program, and Chair of the Department of the Literature of Oriental Countries of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. During the years 1968–1989 he spent over five and a half years as an interpreter and translator of Afghan languages on various projects for Afghanistan. He has participated in numerous international conferences and seminars and has presented papers in India (1995, 1998), Almati (1999), Tashkent (2000) and the USA, Indiana University (2006, 2008, 2009), University of Wisconsin (2006, 2008), and Georgetown University (2008). He has published more than 50 articles, monographs and textbooks.

He has been teaching introductory and intermediate Pashto classes at IU since 2006.