Paolo Sartori

Senior Research Associate

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After the completion of a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (History and Philology) at the University of Rome ‘la Sapienza” (2006),’ he has been a Volkswagen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Martin-Luther University in Halle/Wittenberg from 2007 to 2011. A fellow of the Institute of Iranian Studies since 2011, he has been the recipient of various academic distinctions such as the Start Award by the Austrian Science Fund (2013); the Best Publication Award by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2014); the elected membership of the Austrian Young Academy (2016); the Ab Imperio Award for the Best Study in New Imperial History in Northern Eurasia (2019).

He has two main fields of interest in his current research: the history of knowledge production about Islam in the Russian Empire, with a special focus on the formation of archives in the post-Petrine era; and Soviet Muslimness, with special attention devoted to Central Asia after the Second World War. His recent publications include an essay on the ‘Archive of the Khans of Khiva’ as a colonial documentary aggregate (Quaderni Storici) and a study devoted to the relationship between Russian imperial expansion in the early 18th century and ignorance of things Central Asian (Itinerario).

He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, the Journal of Central Asian History (Brill) and as the Chairman of the Committee for the Study of Islam in Central Eurasia (https://www.oeaw.ac.at/sice).


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