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Aslisho Qurboniev

Aslisho	 Qurboniev

PhD Student, Middle Eastern Studies


I studied Arabic and Persian during my undergraduate degree in Oriental Studies at Khorog State University in my home country, Tajikistan. Later, I joined the GPISH programme of the IIS in London, where I approached the topic of Islam and Muslim societies from a variety of analytical perspectives. After the completion of this interdisciplinary programme, I completed a two-year MPhil in Islamic Studies and History at the University of Oxford. I had a great time at the Oriental Institute in Oxford, where I read Islamic history and learned the Turkish language. I completed my MPhil dissertation on the subject of religious and political authority in the thought of Abd al-Karīm al-Shahrastānī.

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Research Interests

I am interested in the history of learning and knowledge transmission in medieval Islamicate Societies, and other aspects of learning in the pre-modern period. My current research focuses on the organisation of learning and institutionalisation of scholarship in 10th  century Ifrīqiyya (modern Tunisia), roughly corresponding to the late Aghlabid period and the first phase of the Fatimid rule in North Africa (AD 900-1100). 

My broader interests include Persian and Arabic literature, philosophy, Iranian and Turkic people in the Persianate world from AD 600 to AD 1500, modern Central Asia. Other interests: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Sogdian reenactment, and plov (not a type of martial art). Outside academia, I have been organising tailor-made trips on the Silk Road.