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Interchange – Nazif Shahrani: Understanding Central Asian Culture

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Host Dave Stewart welcomes Nazif Shahrani, Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and currently the chairperson of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, as well as a longtime Bloomington resident and native of Afghanistan. Professor Shahrani’s areas of research include cultural ecology of nomadic pastoralism, state and society, Islamic movements, identity politics, social change and modernization, and Muslim family and gender dynamics in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia. We talk about these subjects and about current events in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

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