Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Nazif M. Shahrani

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Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Professor, Anthropology
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Office: Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies 3036
Phone: (812) 855-4858
E-mail: shahrani@indiana.edu

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. at University of Hawaii, 1972
M.A. at University of Washington, 1972
Ph.D. at University of Washington, 1976

Research Interests

cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism; state and society; Islamic movements; identity politics; social change and modernization; and Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Seminar in Central Asian Anthropological Studies, topics change by semester, recent topics include:
  • Family, Gender and Population Dynamics in Central Asia & the Middle East
  • Islam and Politics in Central Asia and the Middle East
  • Nomadic Pastoralism in Central Asian & Middle Eastern History and Society
  • Representations of Islam and Muslims in Anthropological Literature
  • Social Change in Central Asia
  • States and Societies in Central and Southwestern Asia

Publication Highlights

The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan:  Adaptation to Closed Frontiers and War, (Seattle & London:  University of Washington Press), 2002, pp. xli + 302

Revolutions and Rebellions in Afghanistan: Anthropological Perspectives. M. Nazif Shahrani and Robert L. Canfield, eds. Berkeley, Institute of International Studies, University of California, 1984, pp.xiv + 394.

“Taliban and Talibanism in Historical Perspective” The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan, edited by Robert Crew and Amin Tarzi. Harvard University Press, 2008

“Afghanistan” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Oxford Islamic Studies Online at <http://www.oxfordislamicstudies.com>.

Reclaiming Islam in Uzbekistan: Soviet Legacies and Post-Soviet Realities Journal of Turkic Civilization Studies No. 2 (2006), pp. 77-103.

“King Aman-Allah of Afghanistan’s Failed Nation-Building Project and its Aftermath” (a review article),Iranian Studies, volume 38, number 4 (2005), pp. 661-675.

The Challenge of Post-Taliban Governance. ISIM Newsletter, 2003, 12:22-23.

"War, Factionalism, and the State in Afghanistan" American Anthropologist, 104(3) September 2002, pp. 715-722

"Pining for Bukhara in Afghanistan:  Poetics and Politics of Exilic Identity and Emothions," in Reform Movements and revolutions in Turkistan 1900-1924:  Studies in Honour of Osman Khoja, edited by Timur Kocaoglu, (Haarlem, Netherlands:  SOTA), 2001, pp 369-391

"Afghanistan can Learn from Its Past," New York Times, Op-Ed Page 13, Sunday, October 14, 2001

"Resisting the Taliban and Talibanism in Afghanistan:  Legacies of A Century of Internal Colonialism and Cold War Politics in a Buffer State: Perceptions:  Journal of International Affairs, v(4), 2000, 121-140, published by the Center for Strategic Research, Ankara, Turkey


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
355 North Jordan Ave.
GA Room 3024
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500