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Robert Crews

Robert Crews

Associate Professor of History
Director of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
Director of the Mediterranean Studies Forum
Middle East and Central Asia
Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Columbia University
B. A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert D. Crews is an historian whose research and teaching interests focus on Afghanistan, Central and South Asia, Russia, Islam, and Global History.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received an MA from Columbia University and a PhD degree in History from Princeton University.

His recent course offerings include “The Global Drug Wars,” “The Islamic Republics:  Politics and Society in Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,” and “Modern Islamic Movements.”

Currently Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, his latest research project explores Shia politics in Afghanistan.

Selected Publications & Projects

Robert Crews
Shahzad Bashir
In the West, media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by military and political concerns, resulting in a simplistic picture of ageless...
Robert Crews
Russia occupies a unique position in the Muslim world. Unlike any other non-Islamic state, it has ruled Muslim populations for over five hundred...


Selected Journals & Book Chapters

Robert Crews
After 50 plus years, the United States has caused more harm than good in Afghanistan. By accepting responsibility for the refugee crisis, it can...
Robert Crews
“The Russian Worlds of Islam,” Islam and the European Empires, ed., David Motadel (Oxford University Press, 2014).

More Information

“Trafficking in Evil? The Global Arms Trade and the Politics of Disorder,” Global Islam in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930, eds., James Gelvin and Nile Green (University of California Press, 2014).

“The Taliban and Nationalist Militancy in Afghanistan,” Contextualizing Jihadi Thought, eds., Jeevan Deol and Zaheer Kazmi (London:  Hurst and Co./NY:  Columbia University Press,  2012).

“Muslim Networks, Imperial Power, and the Local Politics of Qajar Iran,” in Asiatic Russia: Imperial Power in Regional and International Contexts, ed., Uyama Tomohiko (NY:  Routledge, 2012).

“Russia Unbound:  Historical Frameworks and the Challenge of Globalism,” Ab Imperio no. 1 (2010):  53-63.

 “Empire and the Confessional State: Islam and Religious Politics in Nineteenth-Century Russia,” American Historical Review vol. 108, no. 1 (February 2003): 50-83.