December 29, 2010 Adeeb Khalid Named Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Kluge Center

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Adeeb Khalid, a professor at Carleton College in Minnesota, as distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

While at the Kluge Center, from December 2010 through May 2011, Khalid will research “Between Empire and Revolution: Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1932,” a book on Central Asia in the early Soviet period.

Khalid is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History at Carleton in Northfield, Minn. His expertise is in the history of the non-nomadic societies of Central Asia from the time of the Russian conquest of the 1860s to the present. He is particularly interested in the transformations of culture and identity as a result of historical change, especially the status of Islam under tsarist and Soviet rule.

Khalid is the author of “Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia” (2007), which won the 2008 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. His is the author of the 1998 book “The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia.” Khalid studied at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, and McGill University in Montreal. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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