Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Devin DeWeese

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Director, the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, History

Office: Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies 3030
Phone: (812) 855-2298
E-mail: deweese@indiana.edu


PhD, Indiana University, 1985

Research Interests

Islamic Central Asia, Soviet Central Asia, Sufism, Islamization, religions and Inner Asia, and Islamic hagiography

Courses Recently Taught

Recent Publications

 “Succession Protocols and the Early Khwajagani Schism in the Maslak al-ʻārifīn,” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford), 22/1 (2011), pp. 1-35.

“Spiritual Practice and Corporate Identity in Medieval Sufi Communities of Iran, Central Asia, and India:  The Khalvatī/῾Ishqī/Shaṭṭārī Continuum,” for Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond:  Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle, ed. Steven Lindquist (New York/London/Delhi:  Anthem Press, 2010), pp. 251-300.

“Central Asia, Islam in,” Oxford Bibliographies Online:  Islamic Studies, ed. Tamara Sonn (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2010).    [http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com]

“Authority,” in Key Themes for the Study of Islam, ed. Jamal J. Elias (Oxford:  Oneworld Publications, 2010), pp. 26-52, 382-383.

 “The Problem of the Sirāj al‑ṣāliḥīn:  Notes on Two Hagiographies by Badr al‑Dīn Kashmīrī,” in Écrit et culture en Asie centrale et dans le monde turco-iranien, XIVe‑XIXe siècles Writing and Culture in Central Asia and the Turko-Iranian World, 14th-19th Centuries, ed. Francis Richard and Maria Szuppe (Paris:  Association pour l’Avancement des Études Iraniennes, 2009; Studia Iranica, Cahier 40), pp. 43-92.

“Islamization in the Mongol Empire,” for The Cambridge History of Inner Asia:  The Chinggisid Age, ed. Nicola Di Cosmo, Allen J. Frank, and Peter B. Golden (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 120-134. 

“Orality and the Master-Disciple Relationship in Medieval Sufi Communities (Iran and Central Asia, 12th-15th centuries),” for Oralité et lien social au Moyen Âge (Occident, Byzance, Islam):  parole donnée, foi jurée, serment, ed. Marie‑France Auzépy and Guillaume Saint-Guillain (Paris:  Collège de France - CNRS/Centre de Recherche d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, Monographies 29, 2008), pp. 293‑307.

“Aḥmad Yasavī and the Dog-Men:  Narratives of Hero and Saint at the Frontier of Orality and Textuality,” in Theoretical Approaches to the Transmission and Edition of Oriental Manuscripts:  Proceedings of a Symposium Held in Istanbul, March 28‑30, 2001, ed. Judith Pfeiffer and Manfred Kropp (Beirut:  Orient-Institut/Würzburg:  Ergon-Verlag, 2007; Beiruter Texte und Studien, 111), pp. 147‑173.

“Cultural Transmission and Exchange in the Mongol Empire:  Notes from the Biographical Dictionary of Ibn al‑Fuwaṭī,” in Beyond the Legacy of Genghis Khan, ed. Linda Komaroff (Leiden:  Brill, 2006), pp. 11‑29.
“The Legitimation of Bahā’ ad‑Dīn Naqshband,” Asiatische Studien/Études asiatiques (Bern), 50/2 (2006), pp. 261‑305.

“‘Stuck in the Throat of Chingīz Khān:’  Envisioning the Mongol Conquests in Some Sufi Accounts from the 14th to 17th Centuries,” in History and Historiography of Post-Mongol Central Asia and the Middle East:  Studies in Honor of John E. Woods, ed. Judith Pfeiffer and Sholeh A. Quinn in collaboration with Ernest Tucker (Wiesbaden:  Harrassowitz Verlag, 2006), pp. 23‑60.

Foreword to Mehmed Fuad Köprülü, Early Mystics in Turkish Literature, translated and edited by Gary Leiser and Robert Dankoff (English translation of Köprülü's Türk edebiyatında ilk mutasavvıflar[Istanbul, 1918]) (London/New York:  Routledge, 2006), pp. viii‑xxvii.

“The Predecessors of Navā’ī in the Funūn al‑balāghah of Shaykh Aḥmad b. Khudāydād Ṭarāzī:  A Neglected Source on Central Asian Literary Culture from the Fifteenth Century,” for Journal of Turkish Studies, 29/1 (2005; = Festschrift for Eleazar Birnbaum), pp. 73‑164.

Publication Highlights

"Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde:  Baba Tükles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition."  (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994 Series "Hermeneutics:  Studies in the History of Religions"), 638 pp.

"Khojagani Origins and the Critique of Sufism:  The Rehtoric of Communal Uniqueness in the Manaqib of Khoja 'Ali 'Azizan Ramitani," in Islamic Mysticism Contested:  Thirteen Centuries of Controversies and Polemics, ed. Frederick De Jong and Bernd Radtke (Leiden:  E.J. Brell, 1999) 492-519

"The Masha'ikh-i Turk and the Khojagan:  Rethinking the Links between the Uasavi and Naqshbandi Sufi Traditions," Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford), 7/2 (July 1996), 180-207

"The Tadhkira-i Bughra-khan and the "Uvaysi" Sufis of Central Asia:  Notes in Review of Imaginary Muslims," Central Asiatic Journal, 40 (1996), 87-127

"The Descendants of Sayyid Ata and the Rank of Naqib in Central Asia," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 115 (1995), 612-634

"Baba Kamal and Jandi and the Kubravi Tradition among the Turks of Central Asia," Der Islam, 71 (1994), 58-94


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
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