Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Islamic Studies Program

Islamic Studies Program Faculty

Indiana University has one of the largest and most diverse collections of faculty with research and professional interests in Islam and the Muslim World of any university in the United States. Currently there are over 70 professors and more than 100 graduate students who focus on Islam and the Muslim world.

Core Faculty

Asma Afsaruddin

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Quranic studies; hadith studies; intersection of religious and political thought; perspectives on jihad and martyrdom; Islam and religious pluralism.

Heather Akou

School of Art, Architecture + Design

Socio-cultural history of dress and textile in African and Islamic cultures; fashion theory; aesthetics; the formation of ethnic and religious identities; and textile design.

Salman H. Al-Ani

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Arabic Flagship Program

Arabic linguistics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax; teaching Arabic as a second language; translation.

Asaad Alsaleh

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Modern Arabic literature and culture; comparative literature and cultural studies; Arab Spring autobiography; literary theory.

Michael C. Brose

Central Eurasian Studies; East Asian Studies Center; Pan Asia Institute

Uyghurs and Uyghur elites in the Mongol Empire and the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Beth Buggenhagen


The politics of social production and value; material culture; visuality; gender; Islam; globalization; focus on Senegal and Senegalese migrants in New York City and Chicago.

Jamsheed Choksy

Central Eurasian Studies

The development of societies, especially sectarian communities, in Central Asia, the Near East, and South Asia studied through interdisciplinary approaches involving history, religious studies, international affairs, politics, anthropology, archeology, language, literature, and numismatics; focuses on Iranian and Persian Studies, Indian subcontinental studies, Zoroastrianism, Islam, and Manichaeism.

Devin A. DeWeese

Central Eurasian Studies

Islamic Central Asia; Soviet Central Asia; Sufism; Islamization; religions and Inner Asia; Islamic hagiography.

Margaret Graves

Art History

Medieval Islamic visual culture; 19th century Islamic arts; image of architecture in paintings, sculpture, and applied arts; orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art.

Akram Habibulla

IU Libraries

Manuscripts of Muslim Eurasia

John Hanson

History; African Studies Program

The religious imagination and social initiatives of Muslims in western Africa; current focus on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a trans-national Islamic movement that gained a significant following in twentieth century Ghana; Muslim Sufi movements in nineteenth century Senegal and Mali.

Nur Amali Ibrahim

Religious Studies; International Studies

Islam in the modern world; Islam in Indonesia; pedagogy and socialization; social movements; religion and media; politics of defining religious orthodoxy.

R. Kevin Jaques

Religious Studies

Medieval Islamic theology and law; biography and Muslim historiography; Islam in Indonesia.

Marianne Kamp

Central Eurasian Studies

Central Asia, esp. Uzbekistan, under Soviet rule and since independence; women, gender, and social change; agriculture and collectivization; oral history; Central Asia and the Cold War.

Paul Losensky

Central Eurasian Studies; Comparative Literature

Persian literature and literary history, esp. literature of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India, and Central Asia; literature, architecture, and topography; Sufism and literature; comparative studies in the Baroque; translation and translation studies.

Kaya Şahin


Institutional and ideological foundations of the Ottoman imperial praxis; comparative studies of early modern Eurasian empires; Ottoman and modern Turkish historiography; the Ottoman-Safavid rivalry; inter-cultural and inter-religious exchanges in early modern Eurasia.

Ron Sela

Islamic Studies Program; Central Eurasian Studies; International Studies

History and historiography of Islamic Central Asia in the 16th-20th centuries; political and cultural self-representation in Central Asian sources; Central Asia’s role in the history of the Islamic world.

M. Nazif Shahrani

Anthropology; Central Eurasian Studies; Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

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

Kemal Silay

Central Eurasian Studies; Turkish Flagship Program

Ottoman court literature; cultural history of the Ottoman empire; Turkish oral literature; secularism, Islam, and modernity in Turkey; contemporary Turkish politics and Islamist movements; textual studies; cultural studies; postmodernism; gender studies; Islamic civilizations.

Abdulkader Sinno

Political Science; Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Civil wars, ethnic strife, and other territorial conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan; politics of Muslim minorities in Western Europe and North America; Muslim immigration; Arab spring; Islamist political engagement.

Margaret Sutton

School of Education

Educational policy formation in international assistance agencies; gender and education in the Muslim world; comparative multicultural policies.

John Walbridge

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Islamic philosophy; Islamic intellectual history, esp. the cultural role of philosophy and science; Baha'i studies; Suhrawardi and the Ishraqi school.

Timothy Waters

Maurer School of Law

Structure of the inter-state system; ethnic conflict; human rights; transitional justice, and comparative law, especially in European and Islamic contexts; re-defining self-determination to devise an effective right of peaceful secession.

Faculty Affiliates

Rajendra M. Abhyankar

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

International relations and diplomacy, esp. regarding India.

David Adu-Amankwah

African Studies Program

Folklore, language, and culture; proverbs, royal praise poetry, and jokes among the Akan of Ghana.

Osita Afoaku

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

U.S.-African relations; human rights, democratization, state reconstruction, and sustainable development in Africa.

Iman Alramadan

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Teaching Arabic as a foreign language; Arabic grammar and morphology; Arabic literature; language of Arabic science and medicine.

Noah Arjomand

International Studies

Sociology of media and transnational knowledge, esp. in Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq.

Ishan Ashutosh


Migration; the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective; urban studies; forcu on South Asian diasporas in the US, Canada, and Britain.

Hussein Banai

International Studies

Comparative and international theory; democratic theory; liberalism in post-colonial societies; modern Iranian politics and culture; U.S-Iran relations; diplomatic theory and practice; focus on Iran.

Christopher Beckwith

Central Eurasian Studies

The history of the scholastic-scientific method; history of early Central Asia; ethnolinguistic history of early Central Eurasia and East Asia; historical linguistics (primarily Indo-European, Tibeto-Burman, Chinese, Japanese-Koguryoic, Turkic); theoretical phonology; Mandarin structure; typological linguistics; and computational linguistics.

Andrew Bell

International Studies

Law of armed conflict; humanitarian intervention; military culture; civilian victimization; ethics in war; and international law.

Purnima Bose

English; International Studies

Post-colonial studies; British colonialism; links between Irish and Indian feminists and nationalists in the first half of the 20th century; globalization; role of corporations in public life; anti-globalization resistance

Gardner Bovingdon

Central Eurasian Studies; International Studies

Politics in contemporary Xinjiang; history of modern Xinjiang; historiography in China; nationalism and ethnic conflict.

Daniel Caner

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Late Roman/early church history; classicism; asceticism; hagiography.

Nick Cullather

History; International Studies

Diplomatic history; modernization theory; U.S.-Asian relations; intelligence.

Shahyar Daneshgar

Central Eurasian Studies

Iranian/Persian and Turkic linguistic and cultural contacts; Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian comparative folklore and ethnomusicology; ethnic and nationality issues of the Middle East and Central Eurasia with a special focus on Iran.

Michael S. Dodson

History; Dhar India Studies Program

South Asian intellectual and cultural history; British imperial history; postcolonial theory.

Hamid R. Ekbia

School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; International Studies

Drones and other military technologies; global political economy; social informatics; artificial intelligence.

Kathleen Evans

Summer Language Workshop

Language, literature, and linguistics; Russian

David P. Fidler

Maurer School of Law

Cybersecurity law and policy; cyberspace and international law; international law and global health security; the rule of law in counterinsurgency and stability operations; biosecurity threats; arms control and non-proliferation concerning weapons of mass destruction; international legal implications of “non-lethal” weapons.

Brad R. Fulton

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Organizational theory & behavior; management; leadership; social entrepreneurship; diversity; network qnalysis.

Sumit Ganguly

Political Science

International relations and world politics; comparative politics (South Asia, Southeast Asia); ethnopolitics; regional security; nuclear strategy and arms control; counterinsurgency and counterterrorism.

Emma Gilligan

International Studies

Human rights, esp. in Soviet and post-Soviet eras; nationalism; genocide; war in Chechnya; humanitarian interventions.

Jane E. Goodman


Performance and civic life; intertextuality; colonial and postcolonial formations; theater, music, and poetry; focus on North Africa, the Middle East, and France.

Malik A. Hodjaev

Central Eurasian Studies

Modern language pedagogy and linguistics; intensive methods of teaching Uzbek as a foreign language; developing communicative audio, video, and multimedia teaching materials.

Feisal Istrabadi

Maurer School of Law; Center for the Study of the Middle East

Legal and political institution building in countries transitioning from dictatorship to democracy; democratization, transitional justice, and constitutionalism, esp. in the Middle East.

Zaineb Istrabadi

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Teaching Arabic as a second language; interfaith dialogues; community outreach; Sufism.

Günther Jikeli

Borns Jewish Studies Program

History of antisemitism; impact of contemporary antisemitism in France and Germany; Dieudonné; intergenerational transmissions of antisemitic beliefs; perceptions of the Holocaust.

Eileen Julien

Comparative Literature

Postcolonial studies; the African novel and oral traditions; gender and diaspoar, national identiy, and narrative form; focus on Senegal and West Africa.

Hilary Kahn

Center for the Study of Global Change

Global teaching and learning; visual anthropology; grounded global studies; critical social theory; transnational identities; Latin America and the Caribbean; the internationalization of higher education.

Aziza Khazzoom

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Israel; social stratification; race/ethnicity; gender; immigration.

Pedro Machado


Global and Indian ocean history; commodity histories; globalization; merchant and commercial networks; oceanic perspectives and frameworks; comparative and connected slaveries; South Asian and African history.

Rebecca Manring

Religious Studies

Asian Languages and Literature (Sanskrit, Bengali, Middle Bengali); South Asian hagiography; formation of religious community; women in South Asian religious traditions; film and religion.

David McDonald

Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Performance ethnography; social theory; ethnomusicological study of violence and sociocultural trauma; focus on Israel & Palestine.

Michael D. McGinnis

Political Science

Faith-based organizations and the design and implementation of public policy related to humanitarian relief, development assistance, peace-building, and reconciliation in troubled regions of the world.

Jason Mokhtarian

Religious Studies; Borns Jewish Studies Program

Ancient Judaism; Rabbinics; Jews of ancient Persia; Talmud in its Iranian context; ancient Iranian studies.

Elaine Monaghan

Media School

Media as a social institution; public relations writing; reporting from the former Soviet Union, Ireland, Kosovo, and Washington, DC.

Michelle R. Moyd


African military history; militaries and labor; everyday history of colonialism; power and its expressions; World War I.

Gulnisa Nazarova

Central Eurasian Studies

Uyghur language; comparative lexicology of Turkic languages; problems of etymology; ethnography; methods of teaching.

Cecilia S. Obeng

School of Public Health

Child health in traditinoal societies, esp. Ghana.

Samuel Gyasi Obeng


Discourse pragmatics; language contact; phonetics and Firthian prosodic phonology; African linguistics.

Alwiya S. Omar

Linguistics; African Studies Program

Second language acquisition; Kiswahili pragmatics; African Language programming and development.

Öner Özçelik

Central Eurasian Studies; Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region

Second language acquisition with an emphasis on Turkish; Turkish and Turkic languages; phonology and phonetics, esp. prosody; prosody-syntax interface; phonology-morphology interface

Clémence Pinaud

International Studies

Gender and sexual violence; civilian–guerrilla group relations; war and post-war economy; state-building processes; South Sudan and East Africa.

Daniel B. Reed

Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Africa; music and religion; mask performance; ritual; identity; popular music; immigration; transnationalism; diaspora; music and health; focus on Côte d’Ivoire

Rafael Reuveny

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

International political economy; sustainable development; political economy of the Middle East.

Jeremy Schott

Religious Studies; Borns Jewish Studies Program

Religions of the Late Ancient and Early Medieval/Byzantine Mediterranean and Near East; cultural and social history of Late Antiquity and the Later Roman Empire; contemporary theory and the study of premodernity; ancient philosophy (esp. the Platonic tradition); ancient and Ccntemporary literary theory; book history.

Winnifred F. Sullivan

Religious Studies

Intersections of religion and law in the modern period; phenomenology of modern religion as it is shaped in its encounter with law; comparative study of religion and law; anthropology of law.

Islamic Studies Program
Global and International Studies Building 2022
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-856-3977