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Adeeb Khalid

Adeeb Khalid teaches history at Carleton College in Minnesota. His Islam after Communism has just been published.

Catherine the Great’s Ulama

Adeeb Khalid, 24 May 2007

In 1902, Mirza Siraj Rahim, the son of a wealthy merchant from Bukhara, set out on a grand tour that took him to all the major capitals of Europe. He travelled first to the Ottoman Empire, and spent twenty days in Istanbul. He was delighted to be in the capital of the only sovereign Muslim state of any consequence, and a sense of Muslim pride is palpable in his account. Having toured the...

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