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People: Core Faculty

M. Nazif ShahraniM. Nazif Shahrani

  • Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology
  • Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies


  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, 1976 (Anthropology)
  • MA, University of Washington, Seattle, 1972 (Anthropology)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism
  • State and society, Islamic movements
  • Identity politics
  • Social change and modernization
  • Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia
  • Afghanistan and Central Asia Research

Contact Information

Office: Global and International Studies Building 3036
Phone: (812) 855-4858

Courses Recently Taught

  • People and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Representations of Islam and Muslims in Anthropological Literature
  • Islam and Politics in Central Asia and the Middle East
  • Post-Taliban Afghan/Global Terror
  • Muslim States and Societies

Publication Highlights

  • The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation to Closed Frontiers and War. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2002.
  • Editor, with Robert L. Canfield. Revolutions and Rebellions in Afghanistan: Anthropological Perspectives. Berkeley: Institute of International Studies, University of California, 1984.
  • The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation of Closed Frontiers. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979.

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