Book Chapters/Edited Volumes
“The Fall of Baghdad and the End of the Caliphate” in Great Events in Religion, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016.
“The Ottoman-Safavid Wars” in Great Events in Religion, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016.
“Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab and the Birth of Salafism” in Great Events in Religion, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2016.
“Rumi and the Mystical Tradition of Sufism” in World History Series Vol. 2, Gale, 2016
“The Ghaznavid Empire” in World History Series Vol. 1, Gale 2016,
“Gender and Sacred Space of the Harem” in World History Series Vol. 2, Gale 2016
Olomi, Ali A. “Review of Goran Collste’s ‘Global Rectifactory Justice.’” Itinerario 40 (2016): 330-332.
Olomi, Ali A. “Hovsepian-Bearce, Y. The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran.” Journal of International and Global Studies Vol 8 No 1 (2016): 121-122
“Would you Want to be Elected Afghanistan’s President” – History News Network
“The 10 Questions You Need Answered About the Caliphate” – History News Network
“In Iraq It Isn’t Just About the Minorities” – Informed Comment
“ISIS is Not Mediaeval” – openDemocracy
“Why We Are Right to Be Shocked by the Mob Murder of a 27 Year-Old Woman in Afghanistan” – History News Network
“Orientalism is Thriving” – International Policy Digest
“The New Face of Activism” – The Geek Anthropologist
“The Political Failure of the War with ISIS” – International Policy Digest
“Same-sex Relationships and the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History” -Duke University’s IslamiCommentary
“The Iran Deal From an Afghan-American Perspective” -Your Middle East
“The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World” -Duke University’s IslamiCommentary
“Orlando Tragedy and the Tangled History of Jihad and Homosexuality” -University of Southern California’s Religion Dispatches.
“Obsession With Attackers’ Backgrounds Misses the Point of Terrorism“- University of Southern California’s Religion Dispatches.
“The Oriental and the Orientalist: Al Afghani and the Construction of Pan-Islamism”
Abstract: Scholarship on Jamal ad-Din Al Afghani focuses on the apparent contradiction in his writings between those addressed to a European audience and those addressed to an Islamic audience. This paper resolves that contradiction by placing Al Afghani within the discourse of orientalism and pan-Islamism. My conclusions illuminate the gendered and constructed nature of Al Afghani’s pan-Islamic state and how he imagined his state within the contextual history of Islamic rationalism. This paper highlights the creative way in which he draws from multiple discourses, appropriates ideas, and formulates ideas of an new pan-Islamic masculinity.
“Birth of a Homeland: Persian Identity in the 10th Century”
Abstract: A genealogical approach to the notion of “Persianness,” this paper argues that Persian identity has its roots in a constructed Perso-Islamic identity that emerges from a dialectic process in the 10th century Samanid dynasty in what is today Afghanistan and Uzbekistan from an intersection of language, religion, and landscape. This identity forms from a configuration of commissioned language, popular poetry, and geographic imagination that produces a homeland imbued with sentiment and tied to a people. This paper brushes up against the nationalist historiography of the 19th and 20th century that situates Persian identity in bifurcating scholarship that either argues for a pre-Islamic and primordial Persian identity, or that situates Persianess in Shia commemoration.
“Living Death: The Necropolitics of Daesh”
Abstract: Public commentary and punditry on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or Daesh imply an ideological genealogy in medieval theories of Islamic sovereignty. This paper interrogates that genealogy, tracing its continuation and rupture from traditional formulations of governance and proposes to see Daesh as a state formation rooted in a brutal and digitally modern necroplitics contextualized in the socio-political climate of post-occupation Iraq. By mapping the history of the “martyr” as a discursive designation and unpacking the symbolism of violence my intervention historicizes Daesh as a political entity, explores the groups logic of sovereignty, and produces an alaysis of the discourse and relationship between the biopolitical and necropolitical that concurrently builds a relationship between the contemporary use of history in politics and policy-making.