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- Central Eurasian Studies
- IU Bloomington
Global and International Studies Building, 2026
I study cultural and political self-representation in the Muslim world in a variety of sources – many of them in manuscript form (hand-written) – and in diverse languages (including Persian, Turkic, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, French, and others) with the aim of better understanding the boundaries that define various groups and peoples and their relationship to authority and claims of legitimacy. I explore rhetorical strategies and representations, perceptions and manipulations of individual and collective histories. My studies and international experience have focused on the regions of Central and South Asia, as well as the Middle East, and my research has led me to numerous parts of the world, including Central, East, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and most of Europe.
In the context of International Studies, I am primarily interested in the historical, cultural, and linguistic roots – or the perceptions of such roots – that stimulate and shape contemporary issues. I have written about depictions of traumatic “national” events, about alleged sources of inspiration for diverse political acts, about objects of power, ceremony and ritual, labels, genealogies, myths of origin, as well as ethnic and racial markers. I am currently working on a new book manuscript – a study that began in 2012 while I was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton – where I explore the historical transformations of Turkic and Iranian identities in Asia. I discussed my work at distinguished international forums in China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Turkey, the UK, and Uzbekistan.