August 24, 2018
Shahzad Bashir will serve as Director of Middle East Studies for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2018.
Shahzad Bashir specializes in Islamic Studies with an interest in the intellectual and social histories of the societies of Iran and Central and South Asia circa fourteenth century CE to the present. He is currently finishing a book entitled Islamic Pasts and Futures: Conceptual Explorations. This is a wide-ranging treatment that critiques the way Islamic history has been conceptualized in modern scholarship and suggests alternatives, with emphasis on the multiplicity of temporal configurations found in Islamic materials. This project engages contemporary academic debates regarding historiography and history.