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
“Women and Education in Islam” in Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2018
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
“Religion in the Age of Trump“- Religion News Network
“On or off, peace talks with Taliban spell disaster for Afghanistan“- Washington Post
“Trump’s Muslim Ban a Gift to Terrorists“- University of Southern California’s Religion Dispatches
“Obsession With Attackers’ Backgrounds Misses the Point of Terrorism“- University of Southern California’s Religion Dispatches
“Orlando Tragedy and the Tangled History of Jihad and Homosexuality” -University of Southern California’s Religion Dispatches
“The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World” -Duke University’s IslamiCommentary
“The Iran Deal From an Afghan-American Perspective” -Your Middle East
“Same-sex Relationships and the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History” -Duke University’s IslamiCommentary
“The Political Failure of the War with ISIS” – International Policy Digest
“The New Face of Activism” – The Geek Anthropologist
“Orientalism is Thriving” – International Policy Digest
“Why We Are Right to Be Shocked by the Mob Murder of a 27 Year-Old Woman in Afghanistan” – History News Network
“ISIS is Not Mediaeval” – openDemocracy
“In Iraq It Isn’t Just About the Minorities” – Informed Comment
“The 10 Questions You Need Answered About the Caliphate” – History News Network
“Would you Want to be Elected Afghanistan’s President” – History News Network
Academic Essays and Reserach
“Imagining Muslims: Construction of a Golden Age, Identity, and Legitimacy in Perso-Islamic World” (Doctoral Dissertation)
Abstract: My dissertation explores the how Muslim identity was restructured around a constructed “golden age” and shared history with the fragmenting of the caliphate. A genealogy of the idea of a “golden age” in Islamic historiography and its influence shaping global Muslim identity and religious authority. My research is interdisciplinary and global in scope combining the methodologies of using sources from the Arab, Persian, and Jewish world in a transregional study that sheds new light on the early history of later 19th and 20th century religious nationalism.
“The Oriental and the Orientalist: Al Afghani and the Construction of Pan-Islamism” (Master’s Thesis)
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.
“Apostasy: the Ridda War and the Imperial Context of the Community of Believers in Islam” (2nd Project)
Abstract: Fred Donner argues that the early followers of Muhammad constituted a broad coalition or “community of believers.” My research explores how Muslim identity was formed through the partitioning of the community of believers during the ridda wars and the discursive definitions of “apostasy.” By placing Islam in a global perspective and within the context of empires, “Muslimness” is redefined as a response and consequences of the collision between Byzantine and Sassanian empires.
“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.