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Professor, Anthropology Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program Co-Director, Mellon Research Initiative on Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds | 530-752-9223

Associate Professor, History | 530-752-1389

RESEARCH INTERESTS South Asia and Indian Ocean worlds; religion; cities and urbanism; utopias; cultures of performance; the body SELECT COURSES TAUGHT Urban Anthropology Performance, Embodiment and Space in South Asia Religion in Culture and Society SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Landscapes of Urban Memory: The Sacred and the Civic in India’s High Tech City (2001); In the Presence of Sai Baba (2008); A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia (2015)

SELECT COURSES TAUGHT Middle East/South Asia: Comparative Perspectives Middle Eastern History II: Crusades Middle Eastern History IV: Safavids Iran Medieval India SELECTED PUBLICATIONS The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A Comparative Study of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods (2009)



Distinguished Professor, Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies Founding Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program | 530-752-1593

Professor, Religious Studies | 530-752-6255

RESEARCH INTERESTS Lebanon and Middle East; cross-cultural studies of selfhood; children; family systems; ethnicity and state and nation; citizenship and human rights SELECT COURSES TAUGHT Peoples of the Middle East Gender in the Arab World Family Values SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (editor); Women and Power in the Middle East (co-editor); Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (editor); Intimate Selving in Arab Families. Gender, Self and Identity (editor)


RESEARCH INTERESTS Comparative Islamic empires; Indo-Persian culture; Indo-Persian historiography; early Safavid history

RESEARCH INTERESTS Cultures of modern Muslim reform in the Middle East and especially Yemen SELECT COURSES TAUGHT Modern Islam The Social Life of Islam Fundamentalism Religion and Language SELECTED PUBLICATIONS The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (2007); The Audacious Ascetic: What the bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qa`ida (2015)

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