Past Events


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2015 Richards Fellowship

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The application period for the 2015 John F. Richards fellowship cycle is now open. Applications are due April 1, 2015 with results announced at the beginning of May 2015. For more information, please visit the fellowship page.

From Sufis to Taliban: Trajectories of Islam in Afghanistan (UCLA)

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The University of California Los Angeles' Program on Central Asia, with support of AIAS, is pleased to present its Afghan Studies Conference:

From Sufis to Taliban: Trajectories of Islam in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 30 – Friday, October 31 Charles E. Young Research Library Providing idioms and organizations for both anti-state and anti-foreign mobilization, Islam has proven to be a vital socio-political resource in modern Afghanistan. Even as it has been deployed as the national cement of a multi-ethnic "Emirate" and then "Islamic Republic," Islam has been no less a destabilizing force in Afghan society. Despite the universal scholarly recognition of the centrality of Islam to modern Afghan history, its developmental trajectories have received relatively little sustained attention outside monographs and essays devoted to particular moments or movements. This conference will bring together specialists on the different historical periods, regions and languages of Afghanistan to develop a more comprehensive, comparative and developmental picture of Afghan Islam from the nineteenth century to the present and to see beyond the unifying rhetoric of Islam into its disparate forms. To learn more, please visit the event page here.

Afghanistan, Pashto and the Creation of a Literary Language

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UCLA Program on Central Asia Presents:

Afghanistan, Pashto and the Creation of a Literary Language
Afghan Studies Lecture by C. Ryan Perkins, University of Oxford

C. Ryan Perkins is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Indian History and Culture at the University of Oxford.  He specializes in the literary history of Islamic South Asia, with a focus on the social, cultural and literary history of the regions from north India and the Deccan to contemporary Pakistan and Afghanistan

April 10, 2014
2:00-3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Asia Institute
Los Angeles, CA

For more information, please email

Wajma Screening

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8th Annual Boston Muslim Film Festival Presents:

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)

April 9, 2014

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Boston University

CAS Room 211| 685 Commonwealth Avenue

Speakers: Omar Sharifi and Uzra Azizi

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This event is Free and Open to the Public | Light refreshments will be served

This event is sponsored by the American Islamic Congress, the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, and Boston University's Institute for the Studies of Muslim Societies and Civilizations