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Adeeb Khalid

Adeeb Khalid

  • Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History, Director of Middle East Studies, History, Middle East Studies


My scholarly work is on Central Asia, which lies at the intersection of (and is integrally a part of) both the Muslim and the Russian/Soviet worlds.  I teach a variety of courses on Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East.  Thematically, I am interested in issues connected with culture and cultural change, empire and colonialism, and nationhood in its various manifestations. 

Education & Professional History

McGill University, BA; University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 1993.

Highlights & Recent Activity

My work centers on the history of the sedentary societies of Central Asia from the time of the Russian conquest of the 1860s to the present. I am particularly interested in the transformations of culture and identity as a result of historical change. The fate of Islam under Tsarist and Soviet rule has occupied a central place in my research.  I am also interested in questions of nationhood and national identity, of empire and colonialism, and of the politics of anticolonialism.

My research has been supported by grants from a number of foundations: the Guggenheim Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, ACCELS/ACTR, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and IREX. I have held visiting research positions at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and at the Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Over the years, I have published three books, The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia (University of California Press, 1998), Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia (University of California Press, 2007; reissued with a new afterword in 2014), and Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Revolution, and Empire in the Early USSR (Cornell University Press, 2015). Islam after Communism won the 2008 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies “for the most important contribution to Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences published in English in the United States in the previous calendar year.” In the fall of 2016, Making Uzbekistan was awarded the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History by the same organization. The book also won Honorable mention for the Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies awarded by the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

In am on sabbatical in 2016-17 and working on two books. I took time off from writing in the fall to accompany a group of Carleton alumni on a tour of Central Asia and Iran. The new year marks the centenary of the Russian revolution and I will have several conferences to attend in that regard.

I have finally done a page on Academia. You can find it here.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Central Eurasian Studies Society (president, 2005-06)

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (member, executive board, 2013-15)

American Historical Association

Association for the Study of Persianate Societies

Turkish Studies Association

European Seminar on Central Asian Studies

Courses Taught This Year

  • HIST 298: Junior-year History Colloquium (Winter 2019)
  • HIST 241: Russia through Wars and Revolutions (Winter 2019)
  • HIST 360: Muslims and Modernity (Spring 2019)
  • MEST 395: Middle East Studies Capstone (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 260: The Making of the Modern Middle East (Fall 2019)
  • HIST 242: Communism, Cold War, Collapse: Russia Since Stalin (Winter 2020)
  • HIST 165: From Young Turks to Arab Revolutions: A Cultural History of the Modern Middle East (Winter 2020)
  • HIST 341: The Russian Revolution and its Global Legacies (Spring 2020)
  • MEST 395: Middle East Studies Capstone (Spring 2020)
Profile updated December 4, 2017

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