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Charles Weller

R. Charles Weller, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History (Career), Washington State University, and Senior Research Fellow, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. His work focuses on religious-cultural identity and relations in Western-Islamic and world history, with a special view to Russian & Islamic Central Asia, the Middle East and United States. He was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010-11) before becoming a full-time faculty member at WSU. He was also appointed a (non-residential) visiting researcher at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (2014-19), and Affiliate (Research) Faculty of History at George Mason University (2021-22).

Among works in English and Kazakh, Weller has authored several monographs, including Moses, Muhammad and Nature’s God in Early American Religious-Legal History, 1640-1830: A Global Crosscultural Perspective (2024) and ‘Pre-Islamic Survivals’ in Muslim Central Asia: Tsarist, Soviet and Post-Soviet Ethnography in World Historical Perspective (2023). He has also edited 21st-Century Narratives of World History: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2017) and co-edited with Anver Emon, Reason, Revelation and Law in Islamic and Western Theory and History (2021) (all with Palgrave Macmillan). (See; see also:

He teaches mainly Roots of Contemporary Issues as well as Middle Eastern & Islamic history courses at WSU. He also regularly guides students in independent studies and SURCA projects (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts; He is the recipient of several teaching awards and an Award for Promoting Tolerance, Diversity & Inclusiveness.