Bakhtiyar Babadjanov

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Bakhtiyar Babadjanov currently is a researcher at the Institute of Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences within the framework of the START Project Seeing Like an Archive: Documents and Forms of Governance in Islamic Central Asia (18–19th Centuries), funded by FWF (Austrian Science Fund). Previously, from 1990 to 2017, Bakhtiyar Babadjanov worked at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences. In 1996–2014, Dr. Babadjanov participated in 12 international projects on research of Sufism, studies of Russian colonization in Central Asia, and the history of khanates. In 2004–2012 he worked at universities in the USA, Japan, France, Russia as a visiting professor. His main interest lies in the study of the history of Sufism in Central Asia, Islamic Epigraphy, the History of Islam in the Colonial and Soviet periods, and the history of "Soviet Orientalism in the East".


Curriculum Vitae

Main Areas of Research

Main Areas of Research

  • Sufism in Central Asia;
  • Islamic Epigraphy of Central Asia;
  • Imperial and Colonial Studies;
  • Islam in Central Asia

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Bakhtiyar Babajanov, Ashirbek Muminov, Jürgen Paul (eds.): Schaibanidische Grabinschriften. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1997, 300 pp.
  • Bakhtiyar Babajanov, Maria Szuppe (eds.), Les inscription persanes de Chār Bakr, necropole familiale des khwāja Jūybary près de Boukhara (Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, vol. XXXI: Uzbekistan). London: Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, 2002, 340 pp.
  • Shaykh Khudaydad Ibn Tash Muhammad. Bustan al-Muhibbin. Edition of original text, commentary, translation by B.Babadjanov, M. Kadirova. Turkistan: Myrath, 2006.
  • Bakhtiyar Babajanov, Ashirbek Muminov, Anke von Kügelgen (eds.) Disputes on Muslim Authority in Central Asia (20th Century): Critical Editions and Source Studies. Almaty: Daik-Press, 2007, 272 pp.
  • Khalvat-i Sufiha. Ed. Original text, Introduction, translation (in Russian), commenter B. Babadjanov. – In: Muslim Culture in Russia and Central Asia. Vol. 3: Arabic, Persian and Turkic Manuscripts (15th-19th Centuries). Edited by Anke von Küegelgen, Ashirbek Muminov, Michael Kemper [Islamkundliche Untersuchungen, Band 233]. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2000, S. 114-217;
  • Kokand khanate: power, politics, religion. Tashkent-Tokyo: Yangi nashr, 2010, 744 рр. (in Russian)
  • "The innovation (bid‘a) - the worst mistakes?" Fetishization of the ritual practices through the eyes of the Kokand authors in the XIX century // Pax Islamica, 2010. – № 1 (4), 54-62.
  • Islam in Ferghana Valley: Between National Identity and Islamic Alternative  // Fr. Star’s (ed) “Ferghana Valley: The heart of Central Asia”. New York, London: M.E. Sharpe, 2011, 296-372.
  • Ulama’-Orientalists: Madrasa Graduates at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Tashkent. In: M. Kemper, Artemy Kalinovsky (Editors) ‘Interlocking ‘Orientologies’. London-New-York: Routledge, 2015, P. 47-84.
  • Masterpieces of Architectural Epigraphy in Uzbekistan. Tashkent: Sharq, 2011-2016, Vol. “Samarkand. Shah-I Zindah”; “Samarkand. Registan”; “ Kashkadaria. Shahrisabz. Aq-Sarai”; “Khorezm Khiva” etc… (12 volumes)  (Editor, the author of Russian and English translations);
  • Paradise at the Feet of Mothers and Women. Soviet and Postsoviet Discourses of the Emancipation Forms of Muslim Women // Islam and Gender in Central Asia. Soviet Modernization and Today’s Society. Ed. by Ch. Obiya. Kyoto: CIAS, Kyoto University, 2016. P. 19–40.


List of publications