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Charles Weller

Charles Weller (Ph.D., Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, KZ) specializes in religious-cultural history and identity in Islamic
Central Asia and the broader Islamic world, history of Western–Islamic relations (particularly Western Imperialism and Asian/Islamic reform movements), and historiography of Central Asian, Western-Islamic and world history. His publications in both English and Kazakh include, most recently: editor, 21st-Century Narratives of World History: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Basingstoke: 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 (2014-18). (See: