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Thomas Welsford

MA
Quondam Fellow since 2015
Volkswagenstiftung Fellow, Martin-Luther Universität, Halle, Germany
I am interested in the post-medieval history of Central Asia, Iran, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. In my first book, I examined the dynamics of political change in 16th- and 17th-century Transoxiana, and in my current project I am exploring patterns of social life in the Zarafshan valley in the decades immediately before and after the Russian conquest.
Thomas Welsford
  • Background

    • Fifty Pound Fellow, All Souls College (from 2008 to 2015)
    • Prize Fellow, All Souls College (from 1998 to 2005)
    • Undergraduate, St John’s College, Oxford (from 1995 to 1998)
  • Research interests

    • History of Islamic Central Asia, c. 1200-1800
    • History of Iran and the Caucasus, c. 1500-1750
    • Islamicate narrative and genre
    • Post-Soviet cinema
  • Selected publications

    • (ed. with A. Papas and T. Zarcone), The Routes of Pilgrimage between Central Asia and the Hijaz (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).
    • ‘Piety, Refuge and Dynastic Change: The Re-Opening of Iran to Central Asian Pilgrim Traffic, 1600-1650’, in A. Papas, T. Zarcone and T. Welsford (eds.), The Routes of Pilgrimage between Central Asia and the Hijaz (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming).
    • Review of Michael Axworthy, The Sword of Persia – Nader Shah, From Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006), in Journal of Islamic Studies 20.1 (2009), pages 109-113.
    • Review of Allen J. Frank and Mirqasym Usmanov (eds.), An Islamic Biographical Dictionary of the Eastern Kazakh Steppe 1770-1912 (Leiden: Brill, 2005), in Journal of Islamic Studies 17.1 (2006), pages 95-8.