In my research I explore the ways in which the arrival of Islam impacted the urban, social and religious fabric of Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran. I am concerned by the ways in which histories of Islam, Buddhism, and nationality are relevant to contemporary debates on issues as diverse as Islamic militancy, jihadism and women’s rights.
My first book, Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan, explored the ways in which the sacred sites of Balkh, Afghanistan, survived the vicissitudes and boundaries of politics and time. The memory of sacredness was maintained through texts and ritual acts of pilgrimage.
I am currently working on a number of research articles relating to female rulers, marriage practices, and political systems of conquest and rule in the earliest days of Islam in Bactria (Afghanistan).