Dr. M. Nazif Shahrani

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Dr. M. Nazif Shahrani is a professor of anthropology and of Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Born in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, he moved to the United States to pursue his higher education in anthropology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1976. He has been Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (1976-1977), an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (1984-1985), and a Woodrow Wilson Fellows for International Scholars at Smithsonian Institute (1997-1998). He is the recipients of the East-West Center scholarship at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1967-1970), the Social Sciences Research Council and Fulbright awards for anthropological field research, among others.

Dr. Shahrani’s earlier research focused on cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism and high altitude agro-pastoralism in the Wakhan and Pamirs of Afghanistan, and since the 1980s on Islamic movements, identity politics, state society relations in multi-ethnic nation-states, social change and modernization in post-colonial and post-Soviet states. He is the author of ‘The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation to Closed Frontiers and War’ (University of Washington Press: [1979] with updates in 2002), co-editor (with Robert L. Canfield) of ‘Revolutions and Rebellions in Afghanistan: Anthropological Perspectives’ (Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley: 1984; republished by Indiana University Press 2018), editor of Modern Afghanistan: The Impact of 40 Years of War’ (Indiana University Press: 2018), and is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Dr. Shahrani has served on the boards of several academic and research institutions, including the American University of Afghanistan (2004-2010), and American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (2003-2016).

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