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Charles Weller

Charles Weller (Ph.D., Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, KZ) specializes in (historiography of) religious-cultural relations and identity within Central Eurasian, Middle Eastern, Western-Islamic and world/global history. His main foci are: (1) Historiographical debates over Kazakh religious, cultural and national identity across the late Tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet periods (viewed within the context of Western nationalism/imperialism and Asian/Islamic reform movements, 18-20th cc., and subsequent Central Eurasian/Middle Eastern peoples & cultures in the Cold War, post-Soviet and post-9/11 periods), (2) Western Christian, Black Muslim and Middle Eastern Islamic relations within Transatlantic and U.S. national history and identity, and (3) Historiographical debates over the ‘Rise of the West’ & ‘Decline of the (Islamic) East’ in world history.

His publications in both English and Kazakh include, most recently: editor, 21st-Century Narratives of World History: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), “Religious-Cultural Revivalism as Historiographical Debate: Contending Claims in the Post-Soviet Kazakh Context” (Journal of Islamic Studies, Vol 25, No 2, May 2014: 138-177), “Modern Reform and Independence Movements: Central Asian Muslims and Koreans in Comparative Historical Perspective, 1850-1940” (Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Vol 21, No 4, Dec 2014, 343-372). He was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010-11) before becoming a full-time faculty member for the Roots of Contemporary Issues World History and WSU Asia programs at Washington State University in 2011. He has also been appointed a (non-residential) visiting researcher at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (2014-19). (See: