Kamila Akhmedjanova

Faculty: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

College: St. Antony’s College

Thesis title: A study of Ahmad Donish’s legacy within the context of 19th-century Persian-speaking intellectual trends

Supervisors: Professor Edmund Herzig and Professor Dominic Parviz Brookshaw

Biography: Before coming to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, I completed my BA and MPhil degrees at the University of Oxford, having previously specialized in Italian literature and linguistics. I also hold an MSt in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.

I took part in various academic conferences, including, most recently, conferences of the Association for Iranian Studies (AIS), the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the Association for the Study in Italy of Central Asia and the Caucasus (ASIAC). I published several academic articles, covering topics related to the 19th-century Central Asian and Persian-speaking intellectual trends, as well as to the methodology of teaching Tajiki Persian. My first published article was based on my MPhil dissertation and was dedicated to the study of double past participle forms in the Sicilian dialects.

I have experience of teaching Tajiki Persian language to undergraduate students, as well as of co-supervising undergraduate dissertations. I also taught classes dedicated to Ahmad Donish’s texts.

Research interests: My current academic interests mainly include late 19th-century Persian-speaking Central Asian intellectual trends, and I am particularly interested in connections between different parts of the Persian-speaking world in the 19th century (especially between Iran and Central Asia). My other research interests lie more broadly in history and literature of the Central Asian region.